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[koh-per] /ˈkoʊ pər/
noun, British.
a horse dealer.
Also called horse-coper.
Origin of coper
First recorded in 1600-10; cope4 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for coper
Historical Examples
  • As soon as they were aboard, the cutter started, escorting the coper into Grimsby.

  • As they rode away they saw that other boats were proceeding towards the coper.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • I abide here, following the Flower and drinking wine as an Afghan coper should.'

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • Mr. coper had other attractions for young and lusty fishermen.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • He looked up sharply at the owner of the coper, who stood in front of him, and who of course assented cheerfully to the question.

    The Young Trawler R.M. Ballantyne
  • At first the coper seemed to have the best of it, but afterwards the breeze freshened and the Sunbeam soon left it far astern.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • The Dutch skipper of the coper had a round fat face and person, and a jovial, hearty manner.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • While he was thus engaged one of the men whispered in his ear, “A coper alongside, sir.”

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was dawn when, according to their appropriate phrase, they “tumbled” over the side of the coper into their boat.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
  • From the coper skipper's point of view the two following days were very unsatisfactory.

British Dictionary definitions for coper


a horse-dealer
Word Origin
C17 (a dealer, chapman): from dialect cope to buy, barter, from Low German; related to Dutch koopen to buy
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