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[ koh-puh-set-ik, -see-tik ]
/ 藢ko蕣 p蓹藞s蓻t 瑟k, -藞si t瑟k /
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adjective Slang.
fine; completely satisfactory; OK.
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Origin of copacetic

An Americanism first recorded in 1915鈥20; of obscure origin; popular attributions of the word to Louisiana French, Italian, Hebrew, etc., lack supporting evidence

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What does copacetic mean?

Copacetic means fine, OK, agreeable, totally satisfactory.

Copacetic is a (somewhat dated) slang word usually used to describe a situation, mood, or relationship as being without problems. It鈥檚 also spelled copasetic.

Example: I was worried the concert was going to go badly, but John assured me everything was totally copacetic.

Where does copacetic mean?

Copacetic is first recorded in the early 1900s. Although it may sound Latinate, its origin is unknown. Proposed languages of origin include Chinook, Italian, Louisiana French, and Hebrew, but none of the origin stories are particularly convincing.

The first attested use of the word comes from Irving Bacheller鈥檚 1919 book about Abraham Lincoln, A Man for the Ages (in which he spelled it copasetic). It further entered the public consciousness through the Prohibition-era song 鈥淎t the New Jump Steady Ball,鈥 whose lyrics include the line 鈥Copasetic was the password for one and all, at the new jump steady ball.鈥 By the 60s and 70s, when it reemerged as popular slang, the common spelling became copacetic, as it is generally spelled today.

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What are some other forms of copacetic?

  • copasetic (alternate spelling)

What are some synonyms for copacetic?

How is copacetic used in real life?

Copacetic is informal. It鈥檚 typically used to used to describe a situation that鈥檚 going fine (鈥淓verything鈥檚 copacetic鈥), or a relationship that is completely friendly, perhaps even after it hadn鈥檛 been (鈥淲e鈥檙e copacetic now鈥).



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British Dictionary definitions for copacetic


copasetic, copesetic or copesettic

/ (藢k蓹蕣p蓹藞s蓻t瑟k) /

US and Canadian slang very good; excellent; completely satisfactory

Word Origin for copacetic

C20: of unknown origin
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