coop

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

coop

verb
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

co-op

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)

bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

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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

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It’s time for the Baxter’s middle daughter to leave the nest, but mom Vanessa isn’t ready for her little girl to fly the coop. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Hints a Baxter Is Moving Out and It Will Change Everything," 22 Feb. 2019 The third side of the yard is a mix of racks, poultry coops, and a tool shed. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Thing To Do When Your Dog Won't Stay," 24 Dec. 2018 Humans also add to the problem by failing to secure trash or having chicken coops without bear-halting electric fences. Fox News, "Alaska's human-bear conflicts are on the rise, experts say," 26 Sep. 2018 The incidents were the latest in a string of bear problems in the Chugiak-Eagle River area since May, when a brown bear was shot after breaking into a chicken coop near Beach Lake. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Brown bear sought in fatal Eagle River mauling eludes traps," 26 June 2018 Chewbacca is a Giant Blue Frizzled Cochin rooster who lives in a compound of gingerbread-style coops and sheds in Monte Sereno which merits the term Disneyesque. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop," 23 Mar. 2018 But these menacing, chicken coop-like bins remind us of a misleading real estate listing — not exactly what you (or your infant) had in mind. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "The Intriguing History of 1930s Baby Cages," 23 June 2015 The 3,150 square-foot single-family abode is also nestled on 0.4 acres of land, which may not fit farm animals like the Gaineses’ cows, but could probably fit a chicken coop. Megan Stein, Country Living, "You Can Buy This Brand-New Farmhouse Designed by Joanna Gaines," 22 Jan. 2019 On Saturday, the president announced that Chief of Staff John Kelly, who it is rumored has not spoken to Trump in months, is flying the WH coop at the end of the year. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Reading Between the Lines of the Mueller Investigation Filings," 9 Dec. 2018

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And at school, with pubescent boys cooped up for months at a time, slurs about homosexuality were the ones most often thrown at anyone who strayed very far from the strict confines of the norm. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 Volcanic explosions of temper are probably inevitable when a family is cooped up together inside a hunk of metal for days, or weeks. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What They Don't Tell You About Cross-Country Family Road Trips," 23 July 2018 Nine hours is a long time to be cooped up in a plane without a real bathroom—or to be stuck in a small space with the smell of your own fart. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA Gave U-2 Pilots a Special Diet So They Wouldn't Have To Poop," 18 Oct. 2018 That doesn't mean Kate has been cooped up in Kensington Palace nonstop for half a year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Announces When She's Returning from Maternity Leave," 26 Sep. 2018 After that, the odds get pretty long, unless Trump is cooped up at Mar-a-Lago soon without access to golf. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Responds to Roseanne Saga by Whining About His Own Treatment by ABC," 30 May 2018 Adam also mentions in the trailer that a storm is heading towards Houston — even more reason to get the kids out of the house before rain keeps them cooped up. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "The Busby Quints Are So Grown Up in This Exclusive "Outdaughtered" Sneak Peek of the Premiere," 28 June 2018 Young or high-energy dogs, such as pit bulls and other large breeds, may bark or jump and seem unfriendly when they are cooped up in small cages for too long, scaring away potential adoptive families, Santiago explained. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Doggy treadmills are a thing, and they're saving lives in Maricopa County," 25 May 2018 Tired of being cooped up in theaters, Boston Lyric Opera is closing its current season by proverbially zamboni-ing expectations. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of coop

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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coop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

co-op

noun

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

coop

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

Kids Definition of coop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cage or small building for keeping poultry

coop

verb
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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