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


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 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)

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Keyeva had made it out of the fire, but the Martins’ five chickens died in their coop, and their cat was nowhere to be found. Hanna Merzbach, The Atlantic, 6 June 2021 Safety tips shared by the public health agency include having hand sanitizer near your coop and frequently washing hands after touching poultry. NBC News, 20 May 2021 Teigen joked with the outlet, referring to Archie's Chick Inn, the coop that belongs to Meghan's son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, which was featured during her sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2021 China often features one-loft racing, where pigeons all get used to one coop for months and then are released many hundreds of miles away to make their way back with their unique sense of orientation and special speed training. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2020 Within the barn, in the fields that the cattle graze, in the new world that the chickens emerge into, uncontained by their coop for what is unmistakable the first time. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 17 Apr. 2021 Her chicken coop and pen are over 200 feet from Osborn’s shared property line and nearly 300 feet from her house. Scott Carroll, oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 The fire broke out at 5 a.m. Wednesday in a chicken coop on the farm, located at 324 Greenville Ave., according to the farm’s website and Facebook page., 21 Apr. 2021 Simply put, don’t let the fox into the chicken coop. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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12 Jun 2021

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“Coop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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