noun (1)
\ ˈküp, ˈku̇p \

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, 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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Need to find a lost chicken before shutting the coop for the evening? Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "Firefighter Reviews New Thermal-Imaging Camera," 21 Nov. 2018 Sales and discounts on many items, including pet foods, chicken coops and chicken supplies, pet toys, collars and leashes, and raw diets for pets. Laura Groch,, "North County Business Briefs, May 17," 17 May 2018 Accompanying the main house are a 550-vine vineyard, a 10-stall barn, a chicken coop, a riding arena and two paddocks. Jack Flemming,, "Miley Cyrus quietly unloads her Hidden Hills ranch for $5 million," 17 Apr. 2018 One coop was at the San Antonio Food Bank, where visitors snapped photos of 21 chickens either donated or raised from chicks. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Food Policy Council of San Antonio sponsors chicken coop tour," 14 Apr. 2018 Newkirk, along with his 9-year-old and 4-year-old sons, built a coop with the hope of teaching them new lessons. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How a Waukesha County family is fighting to keep their chickens and ducks on its property," 23 May 2018 Dozens of crocodiles have escaped on two occasions, including once when 70 flew the coop only to be found after a three-day croc-hunt. Fox News, "Israel faces crocodile conundrum with stranded reptiles," 9 Aug. 2018 Near her enormous backyard garden sits a spacious chicken coop, which is usually full of fresh eggs Joanna uses for cooking. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's Exactly What Joanna Gaines Eats in a Day to Power Through Her Busy Schedule," 24 July 2018 The store has been helping beginners raise chickens in their backyards for years, offering step-by-step guides about breed selection, safe handling practices, chicken coops and egg production. Lisa Dejong,, "Chicks flock to Tractor Supply Company (photos)," 19 Mar. 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,, "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


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 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


\ ˈküp, 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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