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co-op

[noun, adverb koh-op; verb koh-op, koh-op]
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noun
  1. a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
verb (used with object), co-oped or co-opped, co-op·ing or co-op·ping.
  1. to place in a cooperative arrangement, especially to convert (an apartment or building) to a cooperative.
adjective
  1. (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.
Idioms
  1. go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.

Origin of co-op

First recorded in 1860–65; shortened form
Related formsco-op·er, noun
Can be confusedco-op coop co-opt coupe

coop

[koop, koo p]
noun
  1. an enclosure, cage, or pen, usually with bars or wires, in which fowls or other small animals are confined for fattening, transportation, etc.
  2. any small or narrow place.
  3. Slang. a prison.
  4. Sometimes Facetious. a cooperative, especially the cooperative bookstore of a college or university.
verb (used with object)
  1. to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).
verb (used without object)
  1. Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.
Idioms
  1. 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

1250–1300; Middle English coupe basket, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kaup wooden can; akin to Old English cȳpa basket
Related formsun·coop, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedco-op coop co-opt coupe.
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Examples from the Web for cooping

Historical Examples

  • And after the cooping up of shipboard we were both in the mood to appreciate its beauty.

    In Strange Company

    Guy Boothby

  • Cooping thus has its advantages and disadvantages, and its adoption or not should depend upon circumstances.

    Poultry

    Hugh Piper

  • A good deal of evidence was given of the great extent to which the system of cooping was carried on at elections.

  • Alderman Bolingbroke also stated instances of cooping that came under his notice as a magistrate.

  • They, cooping you in the city, lead you to your pleasures, and make you tame and submissive to their hands.


British Dictionary definitions for cooping

coop1

noun
  1. a cage or small enclosure for poultry or small animals
  2. a small narrow place of confinement, esp a prison cell
  3. a wicker basket for catching fish
verb
  1. (tr; often foll by up or in) to confine in a restricted area

Word Origin

C15: probably from Middle Low German kūpe basket, tub; related to Latin cūpa cask, vat

coop2

co-op

noun
  1. a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society

coop3

the internet domain name for
  1. a cooperative
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Word Origin and History for cooping

coop

n.

"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.)).

co-op

n.

1861, abbreviation of cooperative. The hyphen is needed to avoid confusion with coop (n.).

coop

v.

1560s, from coop (n.). Related: Cooped; cooping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cooping

coop

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