cooper

noun
coo·​per | \ ˈkü-pər How to pronounce cooper (audio) , ˈku̇- How to pronounce cooper (audio) \

Definition of cooper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs

cooper

verb
coopered; coopering\ ˈkü-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce cooper (audio) , ˈku̇-​ \

Definition of cooper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to work as a cooper on

intransitive verb

: to work at or do coopering

Examples of cooper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blacksmith, bakery, cooper, print and other shops will add to the project’s colonial ambiance. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2022 But this humble shop functions as a small cooperage, the place where master cooper Ramiro Herrera painstakingly builds, toasts and repairs fine oak wine barrels. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2022 Pinkerton, who’d immigrated to America from Scotland in 1842, was a cooper (maker of wooden casks and barrels) and abolitionist known for his populist views. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 The highlight for the group was a cooper's hawk perched on a branch and superbly camouflaged in the browns and tans of the marsh. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 11 Feb. 2022 During the tour, visitors will learn about the past, present, and future of Bulleit's whiskeys with stops at the active barrel house, cooper shop and micro still-house. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 During the tour, visitors will learn about the past, present, and future of Bulleit's whiskeys with stops at the active barrel house, cooper shop and micro still-house. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 During the tour, visitors will learn about the past, present, and future of Bulleit's whiskeys with stops at the active barrel house, cooper shop and micro still-house. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 Typically handcrafted by a cooper, casks and barrels are made from woods chosen based on the type of spirit they will be used to store. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cooper

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1720, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for cooper

Noun

Middle English couper, cowper, from Middle Dutch cūper (from cūpe cask) or Middle Low German kūper, from kūpe cask; Middle Dutch cūpe & Middle Low German kūpe, from Latin cupa; akin to Greek kypellon cup — more at hive

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“Cooper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooper. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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cooper

noun
coo·​per | \ ˈkü-pər How to pronounce cooper (audio) , ˈku̇- \

Kids Definition of cooper

: a worker who makes or repairs wooden casks, tubs, or barrels

Cooper biographical name (1)

Definition of Cooper

 (Entry 1 of 4)

Anthony Ashley — see shaftesbury

Cooper

biographical name (2)
Coo·​per | \ ˈkü-pər How to pronounce Cooper (audio) , ˈku̇- \

Definition of Cooper (Entry 2 of 4)

James Fen*i*more \ ˈfen-​ə-​ˌmȯr How to pronounce Cooper (audio) \ 1789–1851 American novelist

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Definition of Cooper (Entry 3 of 4)

Leon Neil 1930–     American physicist

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Definition of Cooper (Entry 4 of 4)

Peter 1791–1883 American manufacturer and philanthropist

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