Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A porgy (Stenotomus chrysops) of the northern Atlantic coastal waters, important commercially as a food fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fish, Stenotomus chrysops; the porgy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A swing.
  • n. A marine sparoid food fish (Stenotomus chrysops, or S. argyrops), common on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It appears bright silvery when swimming in the daytime, but shows broad blackish transverse bands at night and when dead. Called also porgee, paugy, porgy, scuppaug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swing; have a swing.
  • n. A swing: a term derived from the Dutch settlers.
  • n. A sparoid fish, the scuppaug or porgy, Stenotomus argyrops, attaining a length of a foot, and a valued foodfish, found from Cape Cod to Florida.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. porgy of southern Atlantic coastal waters of North America
  • n. flesh of fish found in colder waters of northern Atlantic coast of the United States
  • n. lean flesh of fish found in warm waters of southern Atlantic coast of the United States
  • n. found in Atlantic coastal waters of North America from South Carolina to Maine; esteemed as a panfish

Etymologies

Short for Narragansett mishcùp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened form of a Narragansett word like mishcùppaûog. Another shortening of the same word yields the synonym paugie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "So he does," agreed Miss Bailey, rightly inferring from Morris's expressive pantomime that to "scup" was to swing.

    Little Citizens

  • As all of us who fish for fluke, stripers, scup, sea bass and most recently in Florida, for red snapper know, the system is a mess and needs fixing. 


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  • The dish is also delicious made with mackerel, monkfish, cod, scup, or black sea bass.

    One Big Table

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  • They fished for blues, bass, Spanish mackerel, and bonito; they fished for herring, cod, flounder, and scup; they fished for sharks; when there was ice on the ponds, they cut holes in it and fished; they jigged for squid.

    Death on a Vineyard Beach

  • The street boys of our day and early home were wont to term the _hetairai_ of the public walks "scup."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 38, December, 1860

  • "What'll you give me if I'll make you a scup one of these days?" said Mr. Van Brunt.

    The Wide, Wide World

  • "Well now, come, I'll make a bargain with you; I'll engage to fix up a scup for you, if you'll give me a kiss."

    The Wide, Wide World

  • Uncle Cephas was a shoemaker, and he never went to sea much, only to anchor his skift in the Narrows abreast of his house, and catch a mess of scup, or to pole a load of salt-hay from San-quitt Island.

    Five Hundred Dollars First published in the "Century Magazine"

  • The soles when they came proved to be nice little pan-fish, not unlike what in New England are called "scup."

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