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SCOUP, n., v. Also skoup. Sc. variant spellings and usages of Eng. scoop (Ags. 1875 J. C. Guthrie Strathmore 110). For Sc. forms see Scuip. [skʌup, skup]

I. n. 1. A spout or projecting lip of a vessel. Sc. 1821  Blackwood's Mag. (June) 323:
Some brew their drinks in jugs, with forward scoup.

2. A draught of liquor (Jam.); a spoonful, mouthful. Cld. 1880  Jam.:
A skoup o' parritch.

II. v. 1. With aff, up: to quaff, drink off a draught of liquor, to toss off (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.); to sup (Cld. 1880 Jam.). Ags. 1891  Brechin Advert. (31 March) 3:
He scoupit up a gill.

2. To bale (a boat) (Bnff. 1904 E.D.D.).

3. Of chickens in the act of hatching: to break through the egg-shell (Cai. 1921 T.S.D.C., Cai. 1948).

[O.Sc. skowp, a baling vessel, 1512. The phonology is somewhat uncertain but suggests derivation from Mid.Du. schoppe, one of the origins of Eng. scoop. Cf. Dowp, Howp, Scowp, etc., and note to Scuip.]

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