[ koop, koop ]
/ kup, kʊp /
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.
verb (used with object)
to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).
verb (used without object)
Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.
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Idioms for coop
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
OTHER WORDS FROM coopun·coop, verb (used with object)
Definition for coop (2 of 3)
[ noun, adverb koh-op; verb koh-op, koh-op ]
/ noun, adverb ˈkoʊ ɒp; verb ˈkoʊ ɒp, koʊˈɒp /
a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
verb (used with object), co-oped or co-opped, co-op·ing or co-op·ping.
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.
Origin of co-op
First recorded in 1860–65; shortened form
OTHER WORDS FROM co-opco-op·er, noun
Definition for coop (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for coop (1 of 4)
/ (kuːp) /
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
Word Origin for coop
C15: probably from Middle Low German kūpe basket, tub; related to Latin cūpa cask, vat
British Dictionary definitions for coop (2 of 4)
/ (ˈkəʊˌɒp) /
a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society
British Dictionary definitions for coop (3 of 4)
the internet domain name for
British Dictionary definitions for coop (4 of 4)
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Idioms and Phrases with coop
see fly the coop.
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