[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. co-ed,
  2. co-edition,
  3. co-host,
  4. co-manage,
  5. co-occur,
  6. co-opetition,
  7. co-opt,
  8. co-orbital,
  9. co-ordinal,
  10. co-ordinate


    go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.

Origin of co-op

First recorded in 1860–65; shortened form

Related formsco-op·er, noun

Can be confusedco-op coop co-opt coupe


[ koop, koo p ]
/ 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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cooping


/ (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




/ (ˈkəʊˌɒp) /


a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society



the internet domain name for

a cooperative
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Word Origin and History for cooping
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Idioms and Phrases with cooping


see fly the coop.

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