coup

2
[kohp, koop]

Origin of coup

2
1350–1400; Middle English coupe to pay for < Old Norse kaupa to buy, barter; cognate with Old English cēapian, German kaufen. See cheap
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British Dictionary definitions for couped

coup

1
noun
  1. a brilliant and successful stroke or action
  2. short for coup d'état

Word Origin for coup

C18: from French: blow, from Latin colaphus blow with the fist, from Greek kolaphos

coup

2

cowp

Scot
verb
  1. to turn or fall over
noun
  1. a rubbish tip

Word Origin for coup

C15: perhaps identical with obsolete cope to strike; see cope 1

coup

3
verb
  1. Scot to barter; traffic; deal

Word Origin for coup

C14: from Old Norse kaupa to buy
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Word Origin and History for couped

coup

n.

c.1400, from Old French coup, colp "a blow, strike" (12c.), from Medieval Latin colpus, from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus "a cuff, box on the ear," from Greek kolaphos "a blow, slap." Meaning "a sudden decisive act" is 1852, short for coup d'etat. In Modern French the word is a workhorse, describing everything from a pat on the back to a whipping, and is used as well of thunder, gusts of wind, gunshots, and chess moves.

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couped in Culture

coup

[(kooh)]

In politics, an abbreviation for coup d'état.

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