CUP in sign language

How to sign "cup" in American Sign Language (ASL)?

Meaning: A small, bowl-shaped container for drinking from, typically having a handle.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant horizontal "C" hand, palm inward/sideways, taps twice on non-dominant palm-up flat hand.

Deaf History

Old BSL cup
Image source: Royal Albert Memorial Museum,

The old tea cup with the British manual alphabet print is exhibited at the museum in the U.K.


Related signs: MUG, GLASS (as in container), CONTAINER.


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Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for CUP

ASL digit written contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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