- 1cup your hand(s) (around/over something) to make your hands into the shape of a bowl She held the bird gently in cupped hands.
- 2cup something (in your hands) to hold something, making your hands into a round shape He cupped her face in his hands and kissed her. Word Origin Old English: from popular Latin cuppa, probably from Latin cupa
BrE BrE//kʌp//; NAmE NAmE//kʌp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cup
BrE BrE//kʌp//; NAmE NAmE//kʌp//he / she / it cups
BrE BrE//kʌps//; NAmE NAmE//kʌps//past simple cupped
BrE BrE//kʌpt//; NAmE NAmE//kʌpt//past participle cupped
BrE BrE//kʌpt//; NAmE NAmE//kʌpt//-ing form cupping
BrE BrE//ˈkʌpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌpɪŋ//