Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hot, wet, often medicated cloth used as a compress.
  • noun A stupid person.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To foment with a stupe.
  • noun (Med.) Cloth or flax dipped in warm water or medicaments and applied to a hurt or sore.
  • noun obsolete A stupid person.

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

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

  • noun a person who is not very bright

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin stuppa, stūpa, tow, from Greek stuppē, stupeion, coarse fiber of hemp or flax.]

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

[Short for stupid.]

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Shortening of stupid.

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From Middle English, from Latin stūpa, variant of stuppa.

Examples

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  • (noun) - Cloth or flax dipped in warm medicaments and applied to a hurt or sore; a sweating-bath. --Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850

    April 22, 2018

  • The witch who was doc for the group

    Would steep an old napkin in soup.

    When spells went awry

    A broth of newt’s eye

    Would make a most excellent stupe.

    September 9, 2018