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Definition of coop

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a cage or small enclosure (as for poultry) also : a small building for housing poultry
2a : a confined area
b : jail


cooped; cooping; coops

Definition of coop (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to confine in a restricted and often crowded area usually used with upchildren cooped up in the house all day
2 : to place or keep in a coop : pen often used with up


noun (2)
\ ˈkō-ˌäp How to pronounce co-op (audio) , kō-ˈäp \

Definition of co-op (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms for coop

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of coop in a Sentence

Noun (1) like many of the city's hookers, she was back in the coop within a week of her release
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The chickens have remained behind in a coop, and the Lawsons have been able to go back home and check on them over the past few days. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Forced to deal with wildfire and COVID concerns, evacuees move from temporary shelters to hotel rooms," 8 Sep. 2020 The pair reside in a coop that residents helped build with boards and chicken wire in the larger of two courtyards. Jack Murray, chicagotribune.com, "Two hens take up residence at Tinley memory care facility, offering ’moments of joy’ to residents, staff," 2 Sep. 2020 Lately, we’ve been stuck in them, like a prickle in a quiver, chickens in a coop, bears in a den, waiting out our desolate hibernation. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Is Staying In Staying Safe?," 31 Aug. 2020 Owners have to take an agriculture class through the University of Florida that teaches how to properly care for chickens, secure ways to build a coop and explains the nutritional value of fresh eggs. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park known for peacocks, but backyard chickens on the way," 27 Aug. 2020 Twenty five permits are available to set up a backyard chicken coop with up to four hens that provide a supply of fresh eggs. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park known for peacocks, but backyard chickens on the way," 27 Aug. 2020 On 2 acres along the Midtown Greenway, there are plots of beets, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers, greenhouses for tomatoes and peppers, beehives, hydroponics and aquaponics, and a brand-new chicken coop next to a stand of cherry trees. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "A block from Lake Street, urban farm tries to meet growing need," 22 Aug. 2020 Auston, who learned from her mistakes constructing a chicken coop, knew to install a few fencing panels at the end of the cats’ walkways to stabilize the entire structure when most of the weight is on one side of the fence. oregonlive, "Explore 10 ‘purr-fect’ cat patios from your home: See the 8th Annual Catio Tour virtually," 21 Aug. 2020 There’s a recording studio, three guesthouses, a tennis court and a pig and chicken coop. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "The Most Popular Listings of July," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Three relative strangers cooped up underground indefinitely to avoid an unseen danger, who don't entirely trust each other? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Indulge your morbid curiosity about the pandemic with these ten films," 3 May 2020 Considering most of us were away from our homes for the majority of the day, the transformation to now being cooped up with all of our family members comes with its pros and cons. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Relieve Your Computer Eye Strain With These Chic Glasses," 27 Apr. 2020 Ana Cristina Blumenkron/Netflix Like most of you, I've been cooped up in my house letting the background noise of one Netflix show after another fill the void in my humble abode. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Netflix's 'Too Hot To Handle,' Explained," 16 Apr. 2020 The roommates, who felt cooped up at their nearby home, jogged and bumped a volleyball as the sun beat down. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus: UC's Nippert Stadium has become a makeshift gym for dozens, concerning some," 9 Apr. 2020 There’s something about being cooped up that calls for an abundance of comfort food, and nothing compares to a big bowl of cheesy baked ziti, lemony fusilli, or soupy ramen. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "21 Easy Pasta Recipes to Make Every Day Until Further Notice," 30 Mar. 2020 Instead of battling for an all-star berth in his final Little League season or attending Don Mattingly Bobblehead Night at Yankee Stadium, he’s been forced to spend the spring cooped up in a neighborhood where ambulance sirens have wailed nonstop. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, "During Lockdown, Google Maps Gives My Son a Way Out," 19 May 2020 As the weather heats up, though, more and more New Yorkers are flocking to public spaces and familiar haunts for a sense of normalcy after spending most of the last two months cooped up inside — and not always policing themselves. Fox News, "NYC bars see flood of patrons weary of coronavirus stay-at-home orders," 17 May 2020 More difficulties could develop as the shutdown continues, the days grow warmer and people grow increasingly frustrated with being cooped up. Washington Post, "As stay-at-home order is extended, D.C. police say enforcing social distanc...," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of coop

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coop

Noun (1)

Middle English cupe; akin to Old English cȳpe basket

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The first known use of coop was in the 14th century

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15 Sep 2020

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“Coop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coop. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cage or small building in which chickens or other small animals are kept


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English Language Learners Definition of co-op (Entry 2 of 2)

: a business or organization that is owned and operated by the people who work there or the people who use its services


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Kids Definition of coop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cage or small building for keeping poultry


cooped; cooping

Kids Definition of coop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to restrict to a small space The dog was cooped up in a cage.

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