- overturn; upset.
Origin of coup2
Examples from the Web for couped
If couped between the elbow and the wrist, it is a cubit arm.The Handbook to English Heraldry
Stocks of Trees "couped and eradicated" are by no means uncommon.A Complete Guide to Heraldry
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
Less often it is found “couped” or cut off with a sheer line.
The energies of Frenchmen are not imprisoned; no, they are only couped.
Crest—An arm embowed, couped at the shoulder, the hand grasping a hammer, all proper.The True Legend of St. Dunstan and the Devil
Edward G. Flight
- a brilliant and successful stroke or action
- short for coup d'état
- to turn or fall over
- a rubbish tip
- Scot to barter; traffic; deal
Word Origin and History for couped
c.1400, from Old French coup, colp "a blow, strike" (12c.), from Medieval Latin colpus, from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus "a cuff, box on the ear," from Greek kolaphos "a blow, slap." Meaning "a sudden decisive act" is 1852, short for coup d'etat. In Modern French the word is a workhorse, describing everything from a pat on the back to a whipping, and is used as well of thunder, gusts of wind, gunshots, and chess moves.