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SUPPER, n., v. Also sipper (D mf. 1820 Blackwood's Mag. (Nov.) 154; Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb viii., 1898 J. R. Imray Sandy Todd vii., 1926 Dieth Bch. Dial. 46). Sc. form and usage. [′sʌpər; ne.Sc. + ‡′sɪpər]

I. n. 1. As in Eng., occas. in pl. used distributively of one meal partaken of by more than one person. Mry. 1806  J. Cock Simple Strains 106:
Just at our sippers, as we sat.
Gsw. 1922  J. J. Bell Pie in the Oven 9:
A weel, we best tak' oor suppers.

Combs.: (1) supper-barley, an allowance of barley-meal given to harvest-workers for their evening repast; (2) supper-meal, meal for one's evening porridge. (1) Hdg. 1848  A. Somerville Autobiog. Working Man 9:
The shearer was allowed breakfast and dinner in harvest time, and a bushel of grain called “supper barley.”
Bwk. 1927  R. S. Gibb Farmer's 50 Years 28:
For the “home-goers,” who could get what they required at home, “Supper Barley” (1½ bushels of barley per worker) was delivered at each house before harvest began.
(2) Dmf. 1820  J. Johnstone Poems 130:
Lang Neddy, that works at the draining — Wha borrowed his sipper-meal late here yestreen.

2. The last meal for the night given to an animal. Gen.Sc. Cf. v. 1. m.Sc. 1839  Wilson's Tales of the Borders V. 90:
I hae the cow's supper to get in.

II. v. 1. Occas. with up: to give livestock their last feed for the day (Sc. 1904 E.D.D.). Gen.Sc. Sometimes with up. Vbl.n. suppering. Ayr. 1767  Ayr Presb. Reg. MS. (28 Jan.):
From the time of his having suppered the Horses till about twelve or two in the morning.
e.Lth. 1794  G. Buchan-Hepburn Agric. E. Lth. 56:
Many of these tenants . . . regularly suppered, as we call it, their horses; that is, fed them for the greater part of the summer in the stable during the night, with the thistles their servants pulled in weeding their corn fields.
Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality xxxviii.:
Assuring the stranger that the horse was properly suppered up.
Sc. 1829  J. Loudon Encycl. Plants (1836) 683:
The suppering of housed cattle.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb viii.:
Fan the men gae's oot to sipper the beasts.
Ayr. 1890  J. Service Notandums 110:
Aboot lowsin' time when the horses were suppered.
Kcb. 1904  Crockett Strong Mac xxvi.:
I was helpin' to supper the horses.
Per. 1910  D. R. Kyd Rev. T. Hardy 178:
“Haying”, and watering, and “suppering-up”.
Bnff. 1927  E. S. Rae Hansel fae Hame 31:
[He] suppert's weel wi' corn and bran.
Abd. 1971  Buchan Observer (1 June) 2:
Up at five in the morning and back to supper-up in the evening.

2. To serve or suffice for the supper of (Cai., Abd. 1971). Sc. 1759  Session Papers, Petition J. Montgomery (18 Dec.) 4:
As much Hay as would have moderately suppered a Horse.
Sc. 1818  Scott Rob Roy xxx.:
As muckle as would supper a messan-dog.
Fif. 1905  S. Tytler Daughter of Manse i . iii.:
If the flowers had been real there was enough of them “to have suppered a coo.”

[The i form appears to be developed from Mid.Eng., O. Fr. soper. Cf. Simmer, summer.]

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