Origin of copter
First recorded in 1945–50; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for copter
Thirty-eight U.S. and Afghan special forces perished in the copter shoot down.The Taliban’s Bait Game
August 12, 2011
The pilot's voice jarred him to reality as the copter berthed.We're Friends, Now
If he missed it, he wouldn't get his copter license until summer.Death of a Spaceman
Walter M. Miller
The 'copter man carried some of them, too, and both men were loaded down.
The 'copter man turned on the vision set he had packed from the staff gyrocar.
"Letting the guys in the Wabbly hear what they hear," said the 'copter man grimly.
- informal short for helicopter
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