noun (1)
\ ˈküp How to pronounce coop (audio) , ˈku̇p How to pronounce coop (audio) \

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 up children 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)

Synonyms for coop

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of coop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My birds have a coop that has chain link on the front and one side (leeward side). oregonlive, 31 Oct. 2021 And the chicken coop, and the barn, and the other outbuildings, which all are trimmed with garland and stocked with trees big and small. Joanna Linberg, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Oct. 2021 Each coop, measuring 150 feet by 50 feet, can hold up to 6,000 chickens. Michael Hirtzer, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 At some point during the night, the bear also got into a chicken coop in town, killing and eating several chickens. David Murray, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Brent Taylor, killed in 2018 while on Army National Guard duty in Afghanistan, donations have helped restore the small family farm, with planter boxes, a chicken coop, and a sandbox for the kids, on Thursday, April 22, 2021. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Under Father Tim’s leadership, Holy Cross has lifted up its surrounding communities with regular meal distributions, a clothing coop, tutoring, job skills and home-relocation help and a gathering spot for senior citizens. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 9 Apr. 2021 Their accommodations are a heated, trailer-style coop. Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2017 On the breakfast menu: apple pancakes, apple bread French toast, various omelets (made with eggs fresh from the coop at the century-old farm). Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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English Language Learners Definition of coop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of co-op (Entry 3 of 2)

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


\ ˈküp How to pronounce coop (audio) , ˈku̇p \

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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