Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Ireland, a name applied in derision to a Protestant missionary or a convert from Roman Catholicism, from the fact that the missionaries are said to assist their work by distributing soup to their converts.
  • noun A Middle English form of supper.

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  • noun Ireland, historical Someone who, during the Irish famine, supplied food such as soup to Catholics who converted to Protestantism.
  • noun Ireland, historical A (former) Catholic who converted to Protestantism in order to gain such food.

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Examples

  • * In Chateauneuf du Pape, where we harvested grapes last Sunday, we feasted on porc à la moutarde after the harvest so it somehow seemed sacrilege to finish the vendange and not "souper" * on some comforting potage* this week.

    un poireau - French Word-A-Day

  • Also, elsewhere in the blogosphere, click on this link where Sweetnick's includes my Chicken Vegetable Soup in a Hurry in what appears to be a "souper" roundup of antioxidant rich food recipes.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • * In Chateauneuf du Pape, where we harvested grapes last Sunday, we feasted on porc à la moutarde after the harvest so it somehow seemed sacrilege to finish the vendange and not "souper" * on some comforting potage* this week.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • * In Chateauneuf du Pape, where we harvested grapes last Sunday, we feasted on porc à la moutarde after the harvest so it somehow seemed sacrilege to finish the vendange and not "souper" * on some comforting potage* this week.

    Cuisine

  • Also, elsewhere in the blogosphere, click on this link where Sweetnick's includes my Chicken Vegetable Soup in a Hurry in what appears to be a "souper" roundup of antioxidant rich food recipes.

    Come Read What I Wrote

  • * In Chateauneuf du Pape, where we harvested grapes last Sunday, we feasted on porc à la moutarde after the harvest so it somehow seemed sacrilege to finish the vendange and not "souper" * on some comforting potage* this week.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • * In Chateauneuf du Pape, where we harvested grapes last Sunday, we feasted on porc à la moutarde after the harvest so it somehow seemed sacrilege to finish the vendange and not "souper"* on some comforting potage* this week.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • * In Chateauneuf du Pape, where we harvested grapes last Sunday, we feasted on porc à la moutarde after the harvest so it somehow seemed sacrilege to finish the vendange and not "souper"* on some comforting potage* this week.

    Cuisine

  • * In Chateauneuf du Pape, where we harvested grapes last Sunday, we feasted on porc à la moutarde after the harvest so it somehow seemed sacrilege to finish the vendange and not "souper"* on some comforting potage* this week.

    un poireau - French Word-A-Day

  • Bring your family together to celebrate this most versatile of culinary creations with a "souper" family supper of Green Chili Chicken Soup, Cornbread and Mixed Baby Greens with Creamy Dressing.

    Chronicle-Telegram

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  • (during the Irish famine) a Protestant supplying food, (usually soup), to the starving if they rejected their Catholic beliefs.

    Sometimes referred to the person who had changed religions, rather than the person encouraging them.

    Some Catholics, in a desperate attempt to save the lives of their starving children, accepted this preferential treatment by converting to an alien faith and became known as 'Croghan Soupers' - named after a landed aristocracy in Roscommon.

    February 23, 2007

  • When followed by "Man" it's also a corny joke hero name for a food-centered spandex warrior in epic kitchen kitsch.

    February 23, 2007