noun British.

a horse dealer.

Origin of coper

First recorded in 1600–10; cope4 + -er1
Also called horse-coper. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coper

Historical Examples of coper

  • As soon as they were aboard, the cutter started, escorting the coper into Grimsby.

  • As they rode away they saw that other boats were proceeding towards the coper.

    The Lively Poll

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • I abide here, following the Flower and drinking wine as an Afghan coper should.'


    Rudyard Kipling

  • Mr. Coper had other attractions for young and lusty fishermen.

    The Chequers

    James Runciman

  • He looked up sharply at the owner of the Coper, who stood in front of him, and who of course assented cheerfully to the question.

    The Young Trawler

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for coper



a horse-dealer

Word Origin for coper

C17 (a dealer, chapman): from dialect cope to buy, barter, from Low German; related to Dutch koopen to buy
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