- a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
- to place in a cooperative arrangement, especially to convert (an apartment or building) to a cooperative.
- (of a game, especially a video game) cooperative, requiring players to work together to achieve a common objective:co-op play modes;co-op multiplayer games.
- go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.
Origin of co-op
- an enclosure, cage, or pen, usually with bars or wires, in which fowls or other small animals are confined for fattening, transportation, etc.
- any small or narrow place.
- Slang. a prison.
- Sometimes Facetious. a cooperative, especially the cooperative bookstore of a college or university.
- to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).
- Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.
- fly the coop, Informal. to run off; depart abruptly; escape: We stopped to see my sister, but she'd flown the coop.
Origin of coop
Examples from the Web for cooped
There's fighting to be done, and me cooped up here like a sick hen.Slaves of Mercury
Cooped in their transparent cell, the crew of the submarine Peary waited the end.Under Arctic Ice
He's been here a couple of weeks now, cooped up in the big house.The Vagrant Duke
If they want to shoot, the birds are cooped up in a cover, and only let fly when they're ready.Lord Kilgobbin
These two women, cooped up in this house, wanted excitement.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
- a cage or small enclosure for poultry or small animals
- a small narrow place of confinement, esp a prison cell
- a wicker basket for catching fish
- (tr; often foll by up or in) to confine in a restricted area
- a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society
- a cooperative
Word Origin and History for cooped
"small cage for poultry," mid-14c., from Old English cype, cypa "basket, cask," akin to Middle Dutch kupe, Swedish kupa, and all probably from Latin cupa "tub, cask," from PIE *keup- "hollow mound" (see cup (n.)).
1861, abbreviation of cooperative. The hyphen is needed to avoid confusion with coop (n.).
1560s, from coop (n.). Related: Cooped; cooping.
Idioms and Phrases with cooped
see fly the coop.