\ 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 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)

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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 Board members voted 5-0 to deny a variance that would have permitted Simon to raise four to five hens in a chicken coop on his 10,500-square-foot lot. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Heights zoning board denies resident’s request to raise chickens in back yard," 18 June 2020 Not to mention the estate’s own edible garden, chicken coop, and olive groves. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, "This Long-overlooked California Region Has Offbeat Hotels, Stunning Beaches and Hiking Trails, and Some of the Best Wines in the West," 11 June 2020 No water or electricity, a single mom raising 10 kids in a one-bedroom home, the family losing that house in a fire and moving into a chicken coop for one winter. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Help this country heal, or get out of the way," 4 June 2020 If your favorite happens to sell out, building your chicken coop is another option. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Chicken Coops That Are Still in Stock Online," 13 May 2020 Sundown: Lock hens back inside their nesting coop to protect from predators. Caroline Collins Mckenzie, Country Living, "How to Raise Happy Chickens," 13 Apr. 2020 Only one rabbit left its coop and it was found hopping around in a yard. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Sheriff investigates suspicious chicken deaths at Millbrae Nursery School," 6 Feb. 2020 The school's students found the fox's dead body in a corner of the coop the next day. Fox News, "Salmonella outbreak connected to backyard poultry sickens more than 1,000 across 49 states: CDC," 3 Sep. 2019 The pair decides that one of their children needs to fly the coop. Alicia Kortendick, al, "‘Modern Family’ finale | How to watch, live stream, time, TV channel," 8 Apr. 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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23 Jun 2020

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“Coop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coop. Accessed 11 Jul. 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


\ 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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