copacetic

or co·pa·set·ic, co·pe·set·ic

[ koh-puh-set-ik, -see-tik ]
/ ˌkoʊ pəˈsɛt ɪk, -ˈsi tɪk /

adjective Slang.

fine; completely satisfactory; OK.

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Origin of copacetic

1915–20, Americanism; 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’s 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’s 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 “At the New Jump Steady Ball,” whose lyrics include the line “Copasetic was the password for one and all, at the new jump steady ball.” 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’s typically used to used to describe a situation that’s going fine (“Everything’s copacetic”), or a relationship that is completely friendly, perhaps even after it hadn’t been (“We’re copacetic now”).

 

 

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British Dictionary definitions for copacetic

copacetic

copasetic, copesetic or copesettic

/ (ˌkəʊpəˈsɛtɪk) /

adjective

US and Canadian slang very good; excellent; completely satisfactory

Word Origin for copacetic

C20: of unknown origin
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