\ ˈküp How to pronounce coop (audio) , ˈku̇p How to pronounce coop (audio) \

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 upchildren cooped up in the house all day
2 : to place or keep in a coop : pen often used with up


noun (2)
\ ˈkō-ˌäp How to pronounce co-op (audio) , kō-ˈäp\

Definition of co-op (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms for coop

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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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 Pigeon coops can be seen on the roofs of buildings in old neighborhoods in Beijing. BostonGlobe.com, "Flying activities that affect flight safety are prohibited in seven of the capital city’s 16 districts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1, according to a notice posted Sunday on the Beijing municipal government’s website. The banned activities also include flying balloons and lanterns.," 16 Sep. 2019 The space will have an outdoor garden for children and a chicken coop that migrants can use to sell eggs. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fed up with lack of space, migrants build their own shelter in Tijuana," 5 Sep. 2019 Williams-Sonoma offers a cedar chicken coop for around $2,000 that houses hens and comes with a planter to grow herbs and vegetables. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "The biggest source of salmonella outbreaks? It's clucking in U.S. backyards," 30 July 2019 They’ve added raised beds for growing vegetables, a pollinator garden, fruit trees, and a chicken coop. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Embracing indoor-outdoor living in the South Carolina marshlands," 29 July 2019 The ground where the new playground will be, next to the chicken coops, has been prepared to prevent such problems. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County Farm Museum installing new farm-themed playground; commissioners approve $160K contract," 12 July 2019 And skittish investors flew the coop (shares are down more than 10% following the company's blockbuster debut). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Moderna and the Art of Personalized Medicine: Brainstorm Health," 13 Sep. 2019 Training and racing pigeons are popular hobbies in China, with many Beijing neighborhoods housing pigeon coops atop their roofs. Fox News, "China bans flying pigeons, drones as Beijing preps for 70th anniversary military parade," 16 Sep. 2019 With everything from climate control to ultra-secure fencing to keep predators out, these chicken coops have it all! Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Tour a Designer's Luxe Backyard Chicken Coops," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By then, players were exhausted after a week cooped up in hotel rooms. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Coastal Carolina's Viral Jayhawk Piñata Was the Cherry on Top of Its Upset of Kansas," 10 Sep. 2019 Most restaurants and bars will remain open as long as possible before a storm, and going out in the days before the storm hits is wise for stress relief and sanity, because you may be cooped up inside for 1-2 days during the storm. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian food prep: Eating in and eating out before, during and after the storm," 29 Aug. 2019 When that somebody is moms, you’d rather not be cooped up in the basement all weekend fluffing and folding other people’s underwear. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "How Smart Moms Cut Down on Laundry Time," 1 Aug. 2019 Evans’s prodigal son certainly seems none too thrilled to be cooped up as the gumshoes sleuth around the family estate, cursing out his relatives one by one. Isaac Feldberg, BostonGlobe.com, "First ‘Knives Out’ trailer teases a star-studded, modern-day whodunnit led by Chris Evans," 2 July 2019 La Torre, cooped up in the safe house, had probably committed suicide, though rumors that Guzmán had killed her lingered. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 While cooped up in a cramped spaceship for months or years, how well would an all-female crew get along? National Geographic, "Here’s why women may be the best suited for spaceflight," 17 June 2019 The summer used to be when TV networks would air reruns and other low-stakes programming, knowing that people would rather be at the beach than cooped up inside watching television. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The best summer TV is often overlooked, a little weird, and can be watched at your leisure," 14 June 2019 Look, my husband had a full baby with a woman he was involved with for 15 years… where I was cooped up only to be a show pony. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Wendy Williams' Mystery Man Identified as a 27-Year-Old Convicted Felon," 12 June 2019

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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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The first known use of coop was in the 14th century

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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


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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 How to pronounce coop (audio) , 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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