American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A porgy (Stenotomus chrysops) of the northern Atlantic coastal waters, important commercially as a food fish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swing: a term derived from the Dutch settlers.
- To swing; have a swing.
- 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. The front teeth form narrow incisors, and the molars are in two rows. The body is compressed, with high back; the head is deep, with small mouth; the color is brownish, somewhat silvery below, everywhere with bright reflections, but without distinct markings in the adult, though the soft parts of the vertical fins are somewhat mottled; the young are faintly barred and with dusky axils. This fish is a near relative of the sheepshead, and of the pinfish or sailor'schoice (Lagodon rhomboides). It has had many technical names, as Sparus or Pagrus or Diplodus argyrops, and Sargus ambassis. A southern scup is sometimes specified as S. aculeatus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Local, U.S. A swing.
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- 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
- Shortened form of a Narragansett word like mishcùppaûog. Another shortening of the same word yields the synonym paugie. (Wiktionary)
- Short for Narragansett mishcùp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So he does," agreed Miss Bailey, rightly inferring from Morris's expressive pantomime that to "scup" was to swing.”
“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. ”
“The dish is also delicious made with mackerel, monkfish, cod, scup, or black sea bass.”
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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.”
“The street boys of our day and early home were wont to term the _hetairai_ of the public walks "scup.”
“What'll you give me if I'll make you a scup one of these days?" said Mr. Van Brunt.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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