To sup is to eat slowly, by spoonfuls. When you eat soup, you probably sup it.

You can really only sup soft foods and liquids, like oatmeal and milkshakes and miso soup. A sick person taking gingerly spoons of Jello into his mouth can be said to sup, and so can a hesitant baby eating tiny bites of pureed carrots. Sup essentially means "sip," and its root is the Old English sūpan, "to sip or swallow."

Definitions of sup
  1. verb
    take solid or liquid food into the mouth a little at a time either by drinking or by eating with a spoon
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    type of:
    consume, have, ingest, take, take in
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  2. noun
    a small amount of liquid food
    synonyms: swallow
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    type of:
    mouthful, taste
    a small amount eaten or drunk
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