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

Definition of cooper

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: one that makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs


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

Definition of cooper (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

: to work as a cooper on

intransitive verb

: to work at or do coopering


biographical name (1)

Definition of Cooper (Entry 3 of 6)

Anthony Ashley — see shaftesbury


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

Definition of Cooper (Entry 4 of 6)

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


biographical name (3)

Definition of Cooper (Entry 5 of 6)

Leon Neil 1930–     American physicist


biographical name (4)

Definition of Cooper (Entry 6 of 6)

Peter 1791–1883 American manufacturer and philanthropist

Examples of cooper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But much to my surprise, Hiserodt's method - paired with the toning effects of the Redken Shades EQ line - left me with a color that pulls more berry than cooper. Hanna Flanagan,, 21 June 2021 Kelleher has worked as a costumed historical interpreter, trainer for the cooper shop, supervisor of the mills, coordinator of historic trades, research historian, program coordinator, and manages staff training., 30 Aug. 2019 Equally interesting: blacksmiths, Native American potters and adobe-house builders, fletchers and coopers (that's arrow- and barrel-makers), glaziers making glass from sand, cooks trying a mac and cheese recipe written in 1784. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, 25 June 2019 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. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, 20 June 2018 As for employment, John Edward Kelly worked as a blacksmith at a cooper, making iron bands for barrels. Philip Bump,, 11 May 2018 The flour was placed in barrels, built on-site in a cooper’s shop and transported to the port in Joppa, according to the program. David Anderson, The Aegis, 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cooper


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1720, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for cooper


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cooper

: a person who makes or repairs wooden casks or barrels


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


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