[ kop-ee ]
/ ˈkɒp i /

noun, plural cop·ies, for 1, 2, 8, 10.

verb (used with object), cop·ied, cop·y·ing.

verb (used without object), cop·ied, cop·y·ing.


    copy the mail, Citizens Band Radio Slang. mail1(def 9).

Origin of copy

1300–50; Middle English copie (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cōpia abundance, something copied, Latin: wealth, abundance; see copious; (def 18) originally a children's game, from the phrase copy the leader

Related forms

pre·cop·y, noun, plural pre·cop·ies, verb (used with object), pre·cop·ied, pre·cop·y··cop·y, verb (used with object), re·cop·ied, re·cop·y·ing.un·cop·ied, adjectivewell-cop·ied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈkɒpɪ) /

noun plural copies

verb copies, copying or copied

Word Origin for copy

C14: from Medieval Latin cōpia an imitation, something copied, from Latin: abundance, riches; see copious
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