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  1. an Old English bard or poet.
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Origin of scop

before 900; learned borrowing (19th century) of Old English scop; cognate with Old Norse skop mocking, Old High German skof derision
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Historical Examples

  • The reply is that the Old English scop may not have regarded it as a place-name.


    R. W. Chambers

  • The scop invented and the glee-man recited heroic legends and other tales to our Anglo-Saxon forefathers.

  • The "Scop" or Geeman's song, and others, exhibit similar instances of this confusion of personages and dates.

  • In "Deor" we have another picture of the Saxon scop, or minstrel, not in glad wandering, but in manly sorrow.

    English Literature

    William J. Long

  • First the players pitch from the Hob to the Scop, and the one who gets nearest goes first.

British Dictionary definitions for scop


  1. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a bard or minstrel
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Word Origin

Old English: related to Old Norse skop, skaup, Old High German scof, scopf poem
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Word Origin and History for scop


"poet, minstrel," Old English scop, cognate with Old High German scoph "poetry, sport, jest," Old Norse skop "railing, mockery" (see scoff (v.)).

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