What is the difference in meaning between "She supped up her soup" and "She supped on her soup" ?

Does "She supped up her soup" mean "She ate the soup completely"? Does "She supped on her soup" mean She was eating soup. The soup still remained" ?

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Both definitions are given by Merriam Webster

She supped up her soup

means she ate her soup in small sips.

She supped on her soup

means she ate her soup for supper.


I have never heard "sup up" used before - "sup on" means to eat for supper (or dinner, as the evening meal is more commonly known nowadays, at least in the US). Just so you know - at least in American English - the word "sup" sounds very dainty and old-fashioned. Normally you'd just say "She ate her soup" or to be more specific about what meal it was, "She ate her soup for dinner."

  • Good point. There's a similar word, 'sip', that means the same thing and is used frequently in American English.
    – dwilli
    Feb 15, 2019 at 15:16
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    I would say “sip” is used for drinks only and means “to take a small drink of”. Soup is a liquid food but I would not say someone sips soup- you can sip water, coffee, beer, etc. - anything that is served in a glass or mug or other drinking vessel.
    – Mixolydian
    Feb 15, 2019 at 18:10
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    Sounds like we use that word differently. People sometimes drink soup from a mug, and I would say somebody could sip something from a spoon. That's okay - different perspectives.
    – dwilli
    Feb 15, 2019 at 20:23

According to Oxford Dictionaries, this is correct:

‘she supped up her soup [delightedly]’

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