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.
Origin of copy
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noun plural copies
- matter to be reproduced in print
- written matter or text as distinct from graphic material in books, newspapers, etc
verb copies, copying or copied
Word Origin for copy
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.