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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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 According to the Centers for Disease Control, salmonella cases from backyard chicken coops are, indeed, on the rise. Denise Crosby, ajc, "Disabled Marine, neighbors at odds over his 20 support chickens," 8 June 2018 Next fall, Miraval Austin will open in Texas with its own farm and chicken coop, and a kitchen featuring classes in conscious cooking that consider environmental impacts as well as nutrition. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Your Next Trip Might Change Your Life," 1 June 2018 The property, which was last placed on the market by listing agent Rita Wolff of M Realty, includes patios, vegetable gardens, a pool, pool house, garden shed and chicken coop. Janet Eastman,, "Pietro Belluschi wine-country modern masterpiece sells for $1 million (photos)," 10 May 2018 The Spa, tucked inside the inn’s former chicken coop, may be a diminutive, but delivers big results in terms of relaxation. Victoria Abbott Riccardi,, "Treats and retreats at the Four Columns Inn in Newfane, Vt.," 18 Apr. 2018 On March 19, a video surfaced on the internet, showing what appears to be an insanely large chicken emerging from a regular-sized coop. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Everyone Is Freaking Out Over This Video of an Insanely Huge Chicken," 20 Mar. 2017 The discoveries came after Illinois Department of Agriculture inspectors said in March that AWL had removed pigeon coops from the premises. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Animal Welfare League changes leadership amid ongoing scrutiny," 8 May 2018 There’s a chicken coop that’s been invaded by woodchucks; my mother plays the country game of hide-and-seek armed with animal poison and Havahart traps. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018

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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 On Friday morning, rain was an unexpected guest, keeping the Hoffmans’ daughters, Claire, 7, and Katelyn, 4, cooped up in the coach, where their father was trying to rest for an afternoon tee time. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "By Land or by Sea, U.S. Open Golfers Got Creative About Their Lodging," 16 June 2018 Staff couldn’t help but notice that the spike happens to synch up perfectly with the days many residents spent cooped up indoors, anxiously riding out the storm together. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Hospitals Seeing Spike in Births Nine Months After Hurricane Harvey," 4 June 2018 Instead of staying cooped up while her husband, Mike, traveled for his job, Jan sometimes took her children to the apartment complex where Teri and Joe were staying with a relative. Gina Barton,, "Unsolved: Was Michelle Manders kidnapped or did she just wander off?," 13 Sep. 2017 After months cooped up inside and navigating wet or icy roads, blue skies and warm weather are reason enough to load up your car and hit the highway. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Car Ready For Your Next Road Trip," 25 Apr. 2017

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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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