[kop-ee-boo k]


a book containing models, usually of penmanship, for learners to imitate.
a book for or containing copies, as of documents.


commonplace; stereotyped: a copybook sort of phrase.

Origin of copybook

First recorded in 1550–60; copy + book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for copybook

Contemporary Examples of copybook

  • Powell is someone who truly "blotted his copybook," as the Brits used to say.

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    Powell's Lost Cause

    W. Patrick Lang

    October 20, 2008

Historical Examples of copybook

British Dictionary definitions for copybook



a book of specimens, esp of penmanship, for imitation
mainly US a book for or containing documents
blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
(modifier) trite or unoriginalcopybook sentiments
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