* 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Mark I:
- a stronger than I commeth after me, whos shue latchett I am not worthy to stoupe doune and unlose.
(obsolete) A bucket.
(archaic) A mug or drinking vessel.
*1602 , (William Shakespeare), , act V scene 2:
A receptacle for holy water, especially a basin set at the entrance of a church.
*1936 , (Djuna Barnes), Nightwood , Faber & Faber 2007, p. 26:
*:He was seen [...] bathing in the holy water stoup as if he were its single and beholden bird, pushing aside weary French maids and local tradespeople with the impatience of a soul in physical distress.
*1980 , (Anthony Burgess), Earthly Powers :
*:But, though I liked Morgan well enough, I did not greatly care for his smell, which, incredibly, considering his agnosticism, was not unlike that of stale water in a church stoup .
*1982 , (Lawrence Durrell), Constance'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 810:
*:She saw nobody for the moment so that she entered the church formally dipping her fingers in the holy water stoup and signing herself.
- Set me the stoups of wine upon that table.