Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exchange. There is a wonderful sameness about the diet on board a smack but the quantity consumed is prodigious. It certainly is sometimes a little varied by kauping, or exchanging on board of passing ships, and occasional parcels by the carrier.
Quoted in N. and Q., 7th ser., IV. 165.
- n. A cup or wooden bowl.
- See coup.
- n. Scotland Cup.
“Maggie having returned with her jug full of frothy milk, and the potatoes being already heaped up in a wooden bowl or bossie in the middle of the table, sending the smoke of their hospitality to the rafters, Janet placed a smaller wooden bowl, called a caup, filled with deliciously yellow milk of Hawkie's latest gathering, for each individual of the company, with an attendant horn-spoon by its side.”
“Dumb question – Is it 1 1/2 caup of berries, pureed?”
“` ` I am pretty weel, kinsman, 'said the Bailie --- ` ` indifferent weel, I thank ye; and for accommodations, ane canna expect to carry about the Saut Market at his tail, as a snail does his caup; --- and I am blythe that ye hae gotten out o the hands o' your unfreends. '”
“Then she got a caup, a wooden dish like a large saucer, and into it milked the ewe.”
“Prostrate on the ceiling he lay and watched the splendid spoonfuls tumble out of sight into the capacious throats of four men; all took their spoonfuls from the same dish, but each dipped his spoonful into his private caup of milk, ere he carried it to his mouth.”
“Next she carried the caup to the bed; but what means she there used to enable the lamb to drink, the boy could not see, though his busy eyes and loving heart would gladly have taken in all.”
“Richie filled his friend's cup up to the brim, and insisted that he should drink what he called "clean caup out.”
“Lord Huntinglen, an undeniable man of quality -- it is pity but he could keep caup and can frae his head, whilk now and then doth'minish his reputation.”
“Maybe I do, and maybe I do not,' answered Peter; 'I am no free to answer every body's interrogatory, unless it is put judicially, and by form of law -- specially where folk think so much of a caup of sour yill, or a thimblefu' of brandy.”
“[The "savage hospitality," of which Burns complains in this letter, was at that time an evil fashion in Scotland: the bottle was made to circulate rapidly, and every glass was drunk "clean caup out."] _Mauchline, July, 1787.”
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