- a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
- 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.
- go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.
Origin of co-op
- 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.
- to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).
- Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.
- 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
Related Words for coopinghutch, corral, mew, pound, cage, enclosure, birdcage, intern, keep, pen, trap, lock-up, detain, enclose, impound, imprison, incarcerate
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Historical Examples of cooping
And after the cooping up of shipboard we were both in the mood to appreciate its beauty.In Strange Company
Cooping thus has its advantages and disadvantages, and its adoption or not should depend upon circumstances.Poultry
A good deal of evidence was given of the great extent to which the system of cooping was carried on at elections.
Alderman Bolingbroke also stated instances of cooping that came under his notice as a magistrate.
They, cooping you in the city, lead you to your pleasures, and make you tame and submissive to their hands.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- 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
- a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society
- a cooperative
"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.)).
1861, abbreviation of cooperative. The hyphen is needed to avoid confusion with coop (n.).
1560s, from coop (n.). Related: Cooped; cooping.
see fly the coop.