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[ kop ]
/ kɒp /
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noun Informal.
a person who seeks to regulate a specified behavior, activity, practice, etc.: Once we have the government dictating language usage, then we'll start getting language cops.
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Origin of cop

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First recorded in 1855–60; shortening of copper2

Other definitions for cop (2 of 6)

cop2
[ kop ]
/ kɒp /

verb (used with object), copped, cop·ping.Slang.
to catch; nab.
to steal; filch.
to buy (narcotics).
Verb Phrases
cop out, Slang.
  1. to avoid one's responsibility, the fulfillment of a promise, etc.; renege; back out (often followed by on or of): He never copped out on a friend in need. You agreed to go, and you can't cop out now.
  2. cop a plea.

Origin of cop

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First recorded in 1695–1705; of uncertain origin; compare cap (obsolete) “to arrest,” Scots cap “to seize,” ultimately from dialectal Old French caper “to take,” from Latin capere

Other definitions for cop (3 of 6)

cop3
[ kop ]
/ kɒp /

noun
a conical mass of thread, yarn, etc., wound on a spindle.
British Dialect. the top or tip of something, as the crest of a hill.

Origin of cop

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English cop(e), coppe “summit, peak; top (of a tower, building),” also “crown (of the head),” Old English cop(p) “tip, top, summit”; probably cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf “head”; see cup

Other definitions for cop (4 of 6)

COP

abbreviation Thermodynamics.

Other definitions for cop (5 of 6)

cop.

abbreviation
copper.
copyright; copyrighted.

Other definitions for cop (6 of 6)

Cop.

abbreviation
Copernican.
Coptic.
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British Dictionary definitions for cop (1 of 4)

cop1
/ (kɒp) slang /

noun
verb cops, copping or copped (tr)
See also cop off, cop out

Word Origin for cop

C18: (vb) perhaps from obsolete cap to arrest, from Old French caper to seize; sense 1, back formation from copper ²

British Dictionary definitions for cop (2 of 4)

cop2
/ (kɒp) /

noun
a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
mainly dialect the top or crest, as of a hill

Word Origin for cop

Old English cop, copp top, summit, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old English copp cup

British Dictionary definitions for cop (3 of 4)

cop3
/ (kɒp) /

noun
British slang (usually used with a negative) worth or valuethat work is not much cop

Word Origin for cop

C19: n use of cop 1 (in the sense: to catch, hence something caught, something of value)

British Dictionary definitions for cop (4 of 4)

COP

abbreviation for (in New Zealand)
Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
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