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 coopering (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 ˈfen-ə-ˌmȯr (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

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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, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 He was previously warned by the network after he was criticized for attempting to use an ice cream cooper on several houseguests genitals. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Big Brother' Season 20 houseguest uses N-word after CBS warning," 23 July 2018 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, "Tour these top Kentucky distilleries. Shocker! They're mostly bourbon," 20 June 2018 As for employment, John Edward Kelly worked as a blacksmith at a cooper, making iron bands for barrels. Philip Bump,, "How John Kelly’s family history compares with the immigrants he wants to keep from entering," 11 May 2018 During the construction, any lead pipes will be replaced with cooper. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron secures $2 million state grant, low-interest loan to replace old, high-maintenance water lines," 24 Apr. 2018 Along with the photo of herself, Knight also shared a photo of her white mini cooper resting against a black car in a photo of the crash that occurred on Tuesday night. Alexia Fernandez,, "Keltie Knight Opens Up About Her 'Near Death Experience' After a Terrible Car Accident," 19 Apr. 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, "Community gets lessons on Harford's farming and hunting legacy at Historical Society event," 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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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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