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From Old Norse staup, from Proto-Germanic *staupo- (whence Old English stēap). See stoop (a vessel). More at stop.



stoup (plural stoups)

  1. (obsolete) A bucket. [14th-20th c.]
  2. (archaic) A mug or drinking vessel. [from 16th c.]
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act V scene 2, First Folio 1623:
      Set me the Stopes of wine vpon that Table.
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford 2010, p. 57:
      …we ran up stairs together without speaking, and were instantly in the apartment I had left, where a stoup of wine still stood untasted.
  3. A receptacle for holy water, especially a basin set at the entrance of a church. [from 16th c.]
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 26:
      He was seen [...] bathing in the holy water stoup as if he were its single and beholden bird, pushing aside weary French maids and local tradespeople with the impatience of a soul in physical distress.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers:
      But, though I liked Morgan well enough, I did not greatly care for his smell, which, incredibly, considering his agnosticism, was not unlike that of stale water in a church stoup.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 810:
      She saw nobody for the moment so that she entered the church formally dipping her fingers in the holy water stoup and signing herself.

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