- a person who makes or repairs casks, barrels, etc.
- to make or repair (casks, barrels, etc.).
- to furnish or fix (usually followed by up).
- to work as a cooper.
Origin of cooper
Examples from the Web for coopered
Historical Examples of coopered
And he coopered with fury in the interval of the boats coming down the Rhine.The Cloister and the Hearth
Wooden vessels, either turned or coopered were in common use as table furniture.
For Jeanne and I had coopered it up only last year, so that her passengers might land without risking their lives each time.A Tatter of Scarlet
S. R. Crockett
- Anthony Ashley. See (Earl of) Shaftesbury
- Cary (Lynn). born 1940, British psychologist, noted for his studies of behaviour at work and the causes and treatment of stress
- 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
- Sir Henry. 1934–2011, British boxer; European heavyweight champion (1964; 1968–71)
- James Fenimore 1789–1851, US novelist, noted for his stories of American Indians, esp The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
- Leon Neil. born 1930, US physicist, noted for his work on the theory of superconductivity. He shared the Nobel prize for physics 1972
- Samuel 1609–72, English miniaturist
- Also called: hooper a person skilled in making and repairing barrels, casks, etc
- (tr) to make or mend (barrels, casks, etc)
- (intr) to work as a cooper
Word Origin for cooper
"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.