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coop

noun \ ˈküp , ˈku̇p \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of coop

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

Examples of coop in a Sentence

  1. like many of the city's hookers, she was back in the coop within a week of her release

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Origin and Etymology of coop

Middle English cupe; akin to Old English cȳpe basket

coop Synonyms

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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coop

verb

Definition of coop

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

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First Known Use of coop

1583

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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co-op

noun \ ˈkō-ˌäp , kō-ˈäp \

Definition of co-op

First Known Use of co-op

1861

in the meaning defined above

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COOP Defined for English Language Learners

coop

Definition of coop for English Language Learners

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


co-op

Definition of co-op for English Language Learners

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


COOP Defined for Kids

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coop

noun \ ˈküp , ˈku̇p \

Definition of coop for Students

: a cage or small building for keeping poultry

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coop

verb

Definition of coop for Students

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


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