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cooper

noun coo·per \ ˈkü-pər , ˈku̇- \

Definition of cooper

: one that makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of cooper

coopered; coopering play \ˈkü-p(ə-)riŋ, ˈku̇-\
transitive verb
: to work as a cooper on
intransitive verb
: to work at or do coopering

First Known Use of cooper

1720


Cooper

biographical name

Definition of Cooper

Anthony Ashley — see shaftesbury

Cooper

biographical name Coo·per \ ˈkü-pər , ˈku̇- \

Definition of Cooper

James Fen*i*more play \ˈfen-ə-ˌmȯr\ 1789–1851 American novelist

Cooper

biographical name

Definition of Cooper

Leon Neil 1930–     American physicist

Cooper

biographical name

Definition of Cooper

Peter 1791–1883 American manufacturer and philanthropist

COOPER Defined for English Language Learners

cooper

noun

Definition of cooper for English Language Learners

  • : a person who makes or repairs wooden casks or barrels


COOPER Defined for Kids

cooper

noun coo·per \ ˈkü-pər , ˈku̇- \

Definition of cooper for Students

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

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