Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

cop

play
noun \ˈkäp\

Definition of cop

  1. 1 dial chiefly English :  top, crest

  2. 2 :  a cylindrical or conical mass of thread, yarn, or roving wound on a quill or tube; also :  a quill or tube upon which it is wound



Origin of cop

Middle English, from Old English copp


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with cop


2

cop

verb

Simple Definition of cop

  • : to get (something desirable)

  • : to steal or take (something) from someone

  • : to receive (something undesirable)

Full Definition of cop

coppedcop·ping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 slang :  to get hold of :  catch, capture; also :  purchase

  3. 2 slang :  steal, swipe

  4. 3 :  adopt 2 <cop an attitude>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. slang :  admit 2b —used with to <these small-timers would…cop to the smallest offense their attorney could negotiate — Tom Clancy>

cop a plea
  1. :  to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid standing trial for a more serious one; broadly :  to admit fault and plead for mercy

Examples of cop

  1. I managed to cop an invitation.

  2. He copped the idea from me.

  3. They expected me to cop all the blame!

  4. He copped the full force of the blow.



Origin of cop

perhaps from Dutch kapen to steal, from Frisian kāpia to buy; akin to Old High German kouf trade — more at cheap


First Known Use: 1704


3

cop

noun

Definition of cop



Origin of cop

short for 3copper


First Known Use: 1859


4

cop

abbreviation

Definition of cop

  1. 1 copper

  2. 2 copulative

  3. 3 copy

  4. 4 copyright






Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ