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

  • n. Chiefly British A male sheep; a ram.
  • n. A heavy metal body, especially the head of a power hammer.
  • transitive v. To copulate with (a ewe). Used of a ram.
  • intransitive v. To copulate with a ewe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male sheep, a ram.
  • n. The head of a hammer, and particularly of a steam-driven hammer.
  • v. To mate; used of a ram mating with a ewe.
  • v. To have sex with, to bonk, etc.
  • v. To butt: said of a ram.
  • n. Two pence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ram.
  • v. To butt, as a ram does.
  • v. To cover; -- said of a ram.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover or copulate with: used specifically of a ram.
  • To butt.
  • To bow to before drinking.
  • To copulate, as a ram.
  • To butt, as a ram.
  • n. A ram; the male of the sheep.

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

  • n. uncastrated adult male sheep


Middle English tupe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English tupe, origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
Short for tuppence ("two pence"). (Wiktionary)



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  • See also settle.

    March 8, 2015

  • Finally now we return to the deep, and reaching our dim craft
    drag her black hull through safe shale down to the fathomless brine.

    Next, to the dark-bellied vessel we carry white sails and mainmast,
    lifting aboard her the sheep, white tup and black ewe...

    - Peter Reading, Ukulele Music, 1985

    June 19, 2009

  • Incoherence and confusion? Oh dear. We can't have any of that. Perhaps I can elucidate...

    I was under the impression, sionnach, that you were making a clever reference to the song "Sheep Go To Heaven (Goats Go To Hell)", which has an extremely catchy chorus and makes for a confoundingly strong earworm. Hence my reference to gravediggers and forceps, both of which appear in the lyrics.

    May 2, 2008

  • Forceps and gravediggers, mutton and lambchops.
    Manscapes and pear shapes, buttons and hamhocks.
    Coming from Babylon, a Whore that sings ....
    These are a few of our favorite theengs.

    I wonder if all castrated animals will be issued neuticles come the Rapture.

    This post is brought to you by the twin forces of incoherence and confusion.

    May 1, 2008

  • Ah, sionnach, what an earworm you've just given me! Now I'm going to spend the rest of the day mumbling about gravediggers and forceps.

    May 1, 2008

  • Well, neither will their testicles, at that point.

    How appropriate (if embarrassing) that when I see this word, I think shtup.

    April 30, 2008

  • Considerate of Weirdnet to explain that a ram is a woolly horned ruminant mammal related to the goat. However, it still won't do the goats any good come the Rapture.

    April 30, 2008

  • ...?!...

    April 30, 2008