What Does SUP Mean in a Text?

SUP means "What's Up?," "Stand-Up Paddleboarding," "Support," and "Drink." Here's more information about each of these definitions, with examples of use.

What's Up?

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"Sup" is most commonly used in text messaging as an abbreviation of the phrase "What's up?", which is widely used with the meaning "What's new?" or "How are you?". Even though it appears to be a question, it is typically used as a greeting (i.e., a way of saying hello), similar to "Alright?", and is often typed without a question mark. When used in this way, it can also be answered with "sup." For example:

  • John: Sup, man.
  • Tony: Sup, bro?
  • Ella: Sup, dude.
  • Aaron: Hey, how are you doing?
In both of these conversations, no-one expects a detailed answer.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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SUP is now widely used with the meaning "Stand-Up Paddleboarding." It is a popular water sport where participants stand on a large board and use a paddle to move through water. It combines surfing and kayaking elements, offering a full-body workout and a cool way to explore lakes, rivers, and oceans. SUP is accessible to all skill levels, promoting balance, strength, and relaxation. (For many people, it is also a great introduction to cold water swimming!)


"Sup" is also shorthand for "support." In this context, it signifies backing, assistance, or encouragement, especially in a gaming context. For example:
  • Player 1: I need sup here!
  • Player 2: I'm on the way!
Check out our comprehensive list of online gaming terms.


In the north of England, especially in the county of Yorkshire, "sup" is common slang for "drink". For example:
  • Bartholomew: SUP up lad, we're leaving.
  • Percy: Hold your horses! I've just got here.

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When I write SUP, I mean this:

meaning of SUP

SUP also means "Stand-Up Paddleboarding," "support," and "drink."

Video Summarizing SUP

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Summary of Key Points

First Definition for SUP

"What's Up?" is the most common definition for SUP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:What's Up?
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for SUP

"Stand-Up Paddleboarding" is another common definition for SUP.
Definition:Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Type:Abbreviation and Acronym
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for SUP

"Support" is another definition for SUP.
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Fourth Definition for SUP

"Drink" is another definition for SUP.
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at SUP

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When used with the meanings "What's Up?" and "Stand-Up Paddleboarding," SUP is an acronym, (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). In the case of "What's Up?." It is also a contraction of the interrogative sentence "What is up?". It commonly stands alone and is not usually followed by a question mark. (It is also a contraction when used with the meaning "Support.")

When used to mean "Drink," SUP is classed as slang. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

Example of SUP Used in a Text

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