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noun (in South Africa)
  1. a hill.
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Origin of kop

1825–35; < Afrikaans: literally, head, hence high or top part. See cop3


  1. kopeck.
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Historical Examples of kop

  • Our kop life is becoming a little monotonous but we manage to get on.

    With the Naval Brigade in Natal (1899-1900)

    Lieutenant Burne.

  • Between Lombard's Kop and the town, on the north-east, were the Devons.

    The Great Boer War

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But the burghers who were in the vicinity of the Kop were not of this opinion.

  • "Kop 'old o' that," he said, and thrust a coin into the Chinaman's yellow paw.

  • Cobweb comes from the Dutch word Kopwebbe; and Kop in that language signifies a spider.

British Dictionary definitions for kop


  1. a prominent isolated hill or mountain in southern AfricaSee inselberg
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Word Origin for kop

from Afrikaans: head, hence high part; compare German Kopf head; see cop ²
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Word Origin and History for kop


"hill," 1835, from Afrikaans, from Dutch kop "head," from the Germanic form of the root of English cup (cf. German Kopf "head").

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