from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A basin or font for holy water at the entrance of a church.
- n. A drinking vessel, such as a cup or tankard.
- n. Scots A bucket or pail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A flagon; a vessel or measure for liquids.
- n. A basin at the entrance of Roman Catholic churches for containing the holy water with which those who enter, dipping their fingers in it, cross themselves; -- called also holy-water stoup or holy-water font.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See stoop, stoop, stoop.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. basin for holy water
- n. an archaic drinking vessel
Middle English stoup, bucket, jar, from Old Norse staup, cup.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse staup, from Proto-Germanic *staupo- ( > Old English stēap). See stoop a vessel. More at stop. (Wiktionary)