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 formspre·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

Synonyms for copy

Antonyms for copy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for copy's


noun plural copies

an imitation or reproduction of an original
a single specimen of something that occurs in a multiple edition, such as a book, article, etc
  1. matter to be reproduced in print
  2. written matter or text as distinct from graphic material in books, newspapers, etc
the words used to present a promotional message in an advertisement
journalism informal suitable material for an article or storydisasters are always good copy
archaic a model to be copied, esp an example of penmanship

verb copies, copying or copied

(when tr, often foll by out) to make a copy or reproduction of (an original)
(tr) to imitate as a model
(intr) to imitate unfairly

Word Origin for copy

C14: from Medieval Latin cōpia an imitation, something copied, from Latin: abundance, riches; see copious
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Word Origin and History for copy's



early 14c., "written account or record," from Old French copie (13c.), from Medieval Latin copia "reproduction, transcript," from Latin copia "plenty, means" (see copious). Sense extended 15c. to any specimen of writing (especially MS for a printer) and any reproduction or imitation. Related: Copyist.



late 14c., from Old French copier (14c.), from Medieval Latin copiare "to transcribe," originally "to write in plenty," from Latin copia (see copy (n.)). Hence, "to write an original text many times." Related: Copied; copying. Figurative sense of "to imitate" is attested from 1640s.

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