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)

cage, corral, hutch, pen, pound

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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

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 Families also love to visit the animals who still live at the farm, especially our chickens in the chicken coop. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Summer Solstice celebration serves as a showcase of Chellberg Farm traditions," 14 June 2018 Keep the coop clean to avoid complaints of excessive odor and rodents. Janet Eastman,, "On the market: Homes with a creative chicken coop (photos)," 7 Apr. 2018 The farm planted a small orchard near the chicken coops and poultry house. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Suffield Girl Scouts Celebrate Earth Day At Hilltop Farm," 2 May 2018 The coops are adjacent to a patch of artificial grass and a burbling fountain. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop," 23 Mar. 2018 The animals needed a new coop, and the lumber would do the trick. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "From missing to legally dead: The search for Sheriff's Office posse member Sam Grider," 12 Jan. 2018 The dwelling features Acadian-style architecture, a pool, porch, chicken coop,a 450-square-foot guest house, and pond. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Tour a Stately 19th Century Louisiana Home That's for Sale for $675,000," 29 June 2018 More are expected to fly the coop in the weeks ahead. Washington Post, "Bird rescue group rehabilitates pelicans that were starving," 14 June 2018

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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 Keeping them cooped up, with no facility to do anything with them. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Hazel Park Raceway closure causes ripple: 'You don't do people like this'," 15 Apr. 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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