from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical An opening in the side of a ship at deck level to allow water to run off.
- n. An opening for draining off water, as from a floor or the roof of a building.
- transitive v. Chiefly British To overwhelm or massacre.
- transitive v. To ruin or destroy: "The world oil glut combined with disastrous federal energy policies to scupper Alberta's economy” ( Christian Science Monitor).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A drainage hole on the deck of a ship.
- n. A similar opening in a wall or parapet that allows water to drain from a roof.
- v. Thwart or destroy, especially something belonging or pertaining to another; compare scuttle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An opening cut through the waterway and bulwarks of a ship, so that water falling on deck may flow overboard; -- called also scupper hole.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, an opening in the side of a ship at the level of the deck, or slanting from it, to allow water to run off; also, the gutter or channel surrounding the deck, and leading to such openings: often in the plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. drain that allows water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
- v. wait in hiding to attack
- v. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
Middle English scoper- (in scopernail, nail for attaching scupper-leathers to a ship), probably from scopen, to scoop, from scope, a scoop; see scoop.
Perhaps from scupper1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch schcepen ("to draw off") (Wiktionary)
Of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)