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Contraction of cup of (with “tea” or sometimes “coffee” implied). See also a (of), pinta (pint of milk).


  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌpə/
  • Rhymes: -ʌpə
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cuppa (plural cuppas)

  1. (Commonwealth of Nations except Canada, colloquial) A cup of tea (or sometimes any hot drink).
    I’ve just put the kettle on – fancy a cuppa?
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter III:
      [] we covered the hundred yards to the lawn where the tea table awaited us. [] Only Bobbie was present when we arrived at the trough. Wilbert and Phyllis were presumably still in the leafy glade, and Mrs Cream, Bobbie said, worked in her room every afternoon on her new spine-freezer and seldom knocked off for a cuppa.
    • 1992, Machine Knitting Monthly, Maidenhead: Machine Knitting Monthly Ltd.,
      Back home safely, I made a cuppa and sat for a good hour revelling in my favourite magazine.
    • 2007, Kevin Hallewell, Woop Woop, page 35,
      ‘Here,’ said Clancy as he sat up and dangled his legs over the edge of the bed, ‘You sit down and take it easy. I′ll boil the billy for a cuppa’.
    • 2017 Mrs. S. "Guillotines Decide" Orphan Black
      Get Kira up. I'll pour you a cuppa.
  2. (Commonwealth of Nations except Canada, colloquial) Whatever interests or suits one; one's cup of tea.
    • 2001, Gabrielle Bauer, Waltzing the Tango: Confessions of an Out-of-step Boomer (page 210)
      Similes were not my cuppa, anyway. My classmates tended to overload their writing with them (all-time record: six in one paragraph) and they stuck out like violins in a rock tune.
  3. Pronunciation spelling of cup of.
    • 1940, The New Yorker, Volume 16, Part 1, page 22,
      And he orders a cuppa cawfee. “A cuppa cawfee and what else?” I says to him.
    • 1997, Sinclair Lewis, Anthony Di Renzo (editor), Commutation: $9.17, If I Were Boss: The Early Business Stories of Sinclair Lewis,
      I just felt like I wanted another cuppa coffee and I told her so; [] and before I could get just one more cuppa coffee it was seven-fifty!
    • 2008, Frank Deford, The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball, page 204,
      “That′s a new line, isn′t it? Come up to my suite for a cuppa coffee.”




Found in Late and Vulgar Latin. Probably from cūpa (tub, cask); but compare also Proto-West Germanic *kopp (round object, bowl, vessel).



cuppa f (genitive cuppae); first declension

  1. drinking vessel
  2. barrel, cask
  3. axle
  4. bar of an oil press


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cuppa cuppae
Genitive cuppae cuppārum
Dative cuppae cuppīs
Accusative cuppam cuppās
Ablative cuppā cuppīs
Vocative cuppa cuppae


Many descendants of Proto-Germanic *kuppaz have conflated with this word. See there for more.