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)

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Within the barn, in the fields that the cattle graze, in the new world that the chickens emerge into, uncontained by their coop for what is unmistakable the first time. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "‘Gunda’: An Intimate Portrait of a Sow’s Life," 17 Apr. 2021 Her chicken coop and pen are over 200 feet from Osborn’s shared property line and nearly 300 feet from her house. Scott Carroll, oregonlive, "Former Oregon city official embroiled in dispute over therapy chickens," 2 Apr. 2021 The fire broke out at 5 a.m. Wednesday in a chicken coop on the farm, located at 324 Greenville Ave., according to the farm’s website and Facebook page., "3,000 chickens killed in early morning fire at R.I. poultry farm," 21 Apr. 2021 Simply put, don’t let the fox into the chicken coop. Zak Doffman, Forbes, "Why You Should Never Use Google Chrome On Your iPhone, iPad Or Mac," 10 Apr. 2021 While showing Oprah Archie’s Chick Inn, the chicken coop located in the backyard of the couple’s Santa Barbara home, the mom-to-be sported a simple white button-down with black jeans and a green jacket. Eliza Huber,, "Meghan Markle Wore A J.Crew Jacket For The Oprah Interview — & You Can Buy It Now," 10 Mar. 2021 China often features one-loft racing, where pigeons all get used to one coop for months and then are released many hundreds of miles away to make their way back with their unique sense of orientation and special speed training. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, "A pigeon was just sold for $1.9 million to a Chinese bidder under the name 'Super Duper'," 16 Nov. 2020 China often features one-loft racing, where pigeons all get used to one coop for months and then are released many hundreds of miles away to make their way back with their unique sense of orientation and special speed training. NBC News, "Belgian racing pigeon fetches record price of $1.9 million," 15 Nov. 2020 As a young girl, Joi remembered hearing her grandmother talk, but only in passing, about the day she had been forced to hide in a chicken coop. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Three relative strangers cooped up underground indefinitely to avoid an unseen danger, who don't entirely trust each other? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Indulge your morbid curiosity about the pandemic with these ten films," 3 May 2020 Considering most of us were away from our homes for the majority of the day, the transformation to now being cooped up with all of our family members comes with its pros and cons. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Relieve Your Computer Eye Strain With These Chic Glasses," 27 Apr. 2020 Ana Cristina Blumenkron/Netflix Like most of you, I've been cooped up in my house letting the background noise of one Netflix show after another fill the void in my humble abode. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Netflix's 'Too Hot To Handle,' Explained," 16 Apr. 2020 The roommates, who felt cooped up at their nearby home, jogged and bumped a volleyball as the sun beat down. Max Londberg,, "Coronavirus: UC's Nippert Stadium has become a makeshift gym for dozens, concerning some," 9 Apr. 2020 There’s something about being cooped up that calls for an abundance of comfort food, and nothing compares to a big bowl of cheesy baked ziti, lemony fusilli, or soupy ramen. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "21 Easy Pasta Recipes to Make Every Day Until Further Notice," 30 Mar. 2020 Instead of battling for an all-star berth in his final Little League season or attending Don Mattingly Bobblehead Night at Yankee Stadium, he’s been forced to spend the spring cooped up in a neighborhood where ambulance sirens have wailed nonstop. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, "During Lockdown, Google Maps Gives My Son a Way Out," 19 May 2020 As the weather heats up, though, more and more New Yorkers are flocking to public spaces and familiar haunts for a sense of normalcy after spending most of the last two months cooped up inside — and not always policing themselves. Fox News, "NYC bars see flood of patrons weary of coronavirus stay-at-home orders," 17 May 2020 More difficulties could develop as the shutdown continues, the days grow warmer and people grow increasingly frustrated with being cooped up. Washington Post, "As stay-at-home order is extended, D.C. police say enforcing social distanc...," 15 May 2020

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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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7 May 2021

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“Coop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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