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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Christian finishes the act, then runs out of the mating house naked and discovers, in a chicken coop, what happened to Simon. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Midsommar’s twisted ending, explained," 3 July 2019 But the scoreboard at this miniature Allen Fieldhouse that doubles as a chicken coop shows KU winning 172-95. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "KU fans made an Allen Fieldhouse chicken coop that manages to troll Mizzou," 11 June 2018 The listing is an operating Inn with a gift shop, a two-story Carriage House, beautiful flower gardens, a chicken coop and a lawn area that separates a separate private cottage found in the back. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Inn Featured in a Hallmark Movie Starring Candace Cameron Bure is For Sale," 3 June 2019 Unlike Bernadette, Allison was concerned for the hen’s life as well as the lives of the other chickens in the coop. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas woman shocked to find 'stubborn' hen sitting on massive snake in wild photo," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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Evans’s prodigal son certainly seems none too thrilled to be cooped up as the gumshoes sleuth around the family estate, cursing out his relatives one by one. Isaac Feldberg, BostonGlobe.com, "First ‘Knives Out’ trailer teases a star-studded, modern-day whodunnit led by Chris Evans," 2 July 2019 La Torre, cooped up in the safe house, had probably committed suicide, though rumors that Guzmán had killed her lingered. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 While cooped up in a cramped spaceship for months or years, how well would an all-female crew get along? National Geographic, "Here’s why women may be the best suited for spaceflight," 17 June 2019 The summer used to be when TV networks would air reruns and other low-stakes programming, knowing that people would rather be at the beach than cooped up inside watching television. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The best summer TV is often overlooked, a little weird, and can be watched at your leisure," 14 June 2019 Look, my husband had a full baby with a woman he was involved with for 15 years… where I was cooped up only to be a show pony. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Wendy Williams' Mystery Man Identified as a 27-Year-Old Convicted Felon," 12 June 2019 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

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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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