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co-op

[noun, adverb koh-op; verb koh-op, koh-op]
noun
  1. a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
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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.
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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.
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Idioms
  1. go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).
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verb (used without object)
  1. Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.
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Idioms
  1. fly the coop, Informal. to run off; depart abruptly; escape: We stopped to see my sister, but she'd flown the coop.
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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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Related Words for cooped

hutch, corral, mew, pound, cage, enclosure, birdcage, intern, keep, pen, trap, lock-up, detain, enclose, impound, imprison, incarcerate

Examples from the Web for cooped

Historical Examples of cooped

  • There's fighting to be done, and me cooped up here like a sick hen.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • Cooped in their transparent cell, the crew of the submarine Peary waited the end.

    Under Arctic Ice

    H.G. Winter

  • He's been here a couple of weeks now, cooped up in the big house.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • If they want to shoot, the birds are cooped up in a cover, and only let fly when they're ready.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • These two women, cooped up in this house, wanted excitement.


British Dictionary definitions for cooped

coop

1
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
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verb
  1. (tr; often foll by up or in) to confine in a restricted area
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Word Origin for coop

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

coop

2

co-op

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

3
the internet domain name for
  1. a cooperative
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Word Origin and History for cooped

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.)).

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co-op

n.

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

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coop

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cooped

coop

see fly the coop.

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