noun (1)
\ 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 up children 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)

bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

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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

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Many insect eaters like warblers have already flown the coop. Cori Brown,, "Cori Brown: Nature signals a time to recharge," 7 Sep. 2019 Stay-at-homers are more likely to be male than female, are more likely to be a person of color than white, and are more likely to live in an immigrant household than their counterparts who have flown the coop. Matt Levin, The Mercury News, "Nearly 40% of young adult Californians live with their parents. Here’s everything to know about them," 27 Aug. 2019 Neighbors with young children, however, founded the majority of book clubs on the list, many of which have persisted long after their kids flew the coop. Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, "How Long Beach became a book club superhub, with 130 and counting," 15 Aug. 2019 Chairs were set up next to a chicken coop, and a plump red hen picked her way along the grass between the rows of chairs. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Marianne Williamson Wants Politics to Enter the New Age," 14 Aug. 2019 Their chickens that live in a great coop with an architectural style that reflects the Spanish motif of the Walkers’ house seemed quite content. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Walkers, chickens and a turtle host Kiwanis party," 23 July 2019 The majority of La Grange Park residents completing an online survey oppose allowing backyard chicken coops, Village Board members were told Tuesday. Hank Beckman,, "La Grange Park survey shows majority oppose chicken coops, but board warming to idea," 12 June 2019 The Nat at Night and Screen on the Green: Night owls do not live on Netflix binges alone, and Balboa Park is providing two great reasons to fly the evening coop. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: 10 things to do in San Diego before the summer clock runs out," 9 Aug. 2019 And now, with Damon gone, Blanca is left alone, with all of her chicks having flown the coop. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Burned Bridges: 5 Key Takeaways From Episode 8 of 'Pose' Season 2," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "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,, "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,, "Wendy Williams' Mystery Man Identified as a 27-Year-Old Convicted Felon," 12 June 2019 And at school, with pubescent boys cooped up for months at a time, slurs about homosexuality were the ones most often thrown at anyone who strayed very far from the strict confines of the norm. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013

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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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English Language Learners Definition of coop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a cage or small building in which chickens or other small animals are kept



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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