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cooper

[koo-per, koo p-er]
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noun
  1. a person who makes or repairs casks, barrels, etc.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make or repair (casks, barrels, etc.).
  2. to furnish or fix (usually followed by up).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to work as a cooper.
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Origin of cooper

1350–1400; Middle English couper < Middle Low German kūper or Middle Dutch cūper < Medieval Latin cūpārius (Latin cūp(a) cask, vat + -ārius -ary)
Related formsun·coop·ered, adjectiveun·der·coop·er, noun

Cooper

[koo-per, koo p-er]
noun
  1. Anthony Ashley. 1st, 3rd, and 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.
  2. GaryFrank James Cooper, 1901–61, U.S. actor.
  3. Hugh Lincoln,1865–1937, U.S. hydraulic engineer.
  4. James Fen·i·more [fen-uh-mawr, -mohr] /ˈfɛn əˌmɔr, -ˌmoʊr/, 1789–1851, U.S. novelist.
  5. Leon N.,born 1930, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1972.
  6. Peter,1791–1883, U.S. inventor, manufacturer, reformer, and philanthropist.
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  • Cooper had a little row with this boarding officer, but was silenced by the captain.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The very day that Cooper joined us, was one of deep disgrace to me.

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    James Fenimore Cooper

  • This youth was named Cooper, and was never called by any other appellation in the ship.

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    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The captain had ordered Cooper to boil some pitch at the galley.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • There was also an Englishman who worked his passage, having been the cooper of a whaler that was wrecked.

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    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for cooper

cooper

noun
  1. Also called: hooper a person skilled in making and repairing barrels, casks, etc
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verb
  1. (tr) to make or mend (barrels, casks, etc)
  2. (intr) to work as a cooper
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Word Origin

C13: from Middle Dutch cūper or Middle Low German kūper; see coop 1

Cooper

noun
  1. Anthony Ashley. See (Earl of) Shaftesbury
  2. Cary (Lynn). born 1940, British psychologist, noted for his studies of behaviour at work and the causes and treatment of stress
  3. Gary, real name Frank James Cooper. 1901–61, US film actor; his many films include Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952), for both of which he won Oscars
  4. Sir Henry. 1934–2011, British boxer; European heavyweight champion (1964; 1968–71)
  5. James Fenimore 1789–1851, US novelist, noted for his stories of American Indians, esp The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
  6. Leon Neil. born 1930, US physicist, noted for his work on the theory of superconductivity. He shared the Nobel prize for physics 1972
  7. Samuel 1609–72, English miniaturist
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Word Origin and History for cooper

n.

"craftsman who makes wooden vessels," attested from late 12c. as a surname, either from Old English (unattested) or from a Low German source akin to Middle Dutch cuper, East Frisian kuper, from Low German kupe (German Kufe) "cask," cognate with Medieval Latin cupa (see coop (n.)).

A dry cooper makes casks, etc., to hold dry goods, a wet cooper those to contain liquids, a white cooper pails, tubs, and the like for domestic or dairy use. [OED]

The surname Cowper (pronounced "cooper") preserves a 15c. spelling.

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