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

  • n. A hot, wet, often medicated cloth used as a compress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stupid person or (rarely) thing.
  • n. a hot, wet medicated cloth or sponge applied externally

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cloth or flax dipped in warm water or medicaments and applied to a hurt or sore.
  • n. A stupid person.
  • transitive v. To foment with a stupe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To apply a stupe to; foment.
  • n. A pledget of tow, flannel, or similar material, used as a dressing in treating a wound.
  • n. Flannel or other cloth wrung out of hot water and applied as a fomentation. It may he sprinkled with some active substance, as turpentine.
  • n. A stupid person.

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

  • n. a person who is not very bright

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin stuppa, stūpa, tow, from Greek stuppē, stupeion, coarse fiber of hemp or flax.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening of stupid. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Latin stūpa, variant of stuppa. (Wiktionary)

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