1. (orig. Irish) a convert from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism; thus any Protestant; thus souping n., conversion fron Roman Catholicism to Protestantism.
|Sl. Dict. 302: Souper an Irish Roman Catholic who pretends conversion ― or perversion ― so as to obtain a share of the soup and blankets provided for Protestants only by Christian missionaries. These recalcitrants are also called ‘swaddlers’.|
|Daily News 20 Jan. 6/4: They cannot believe in any Catholic honestly becoming a Protestant. The convert must be a souper .|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 218: souper [...] an insincere convert; one who works the churches to advance himself.|
|Out Goes She 16: Proddy Proddy ring the bell / Call the soupers back from Hell.|
|Coast of West Cork 78: The question of souping is a delicate and emotional one; many proselytising clergymen have been unjustly accused of this unpleasant form of pressure .|
|et al. No Shoes in Summer n.p.: He [my grandfather] [...] was originally RC but changed to C of I during the Famine not because he was a ‘souper’ as was common practice then, but because he didn’t agree with the Pope’s infallibility .|
2. one who scrounges free soup tickets.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|