cop

noun (1)
\ ˈkäp \

Definition of cop 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 dialectal, chiefly England : top, crest

2 : a cylindrical or conical mass of thread, yarn, or roving wound on a quill or tube also : a quill or tube upon which it is wound

cop

verb
copped; copping

Definition of cop (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 slang : to get hold of : catch, capture also : purchase

2 slang : steal, swipe

3 : adopt sense 2 cop an attitude

intransitive verb

slang : admit sense 2b used with to these small-timers would … cop to the smallest offense their attorney could negotiate —Tom Clancy

cop a plea

: to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid standing trial for a more serious one broadly : to admit fault and plead for mercy

cop

noun (2)

Definition of cop (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of cop (Entry 4 of 4)

1 copper

2 copulative

3 copy

4 copyright

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cop

Synonyms: Verb

bag, capture, catch, collar, corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap

Antonyms: Verb

miss

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Examples of cop in a Sentence

Verb

I managed to cop an invitation. He copped the idea from me. They expected me to cop all the blame! He copped the full force of the blow.
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First Known Use of cop

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cop

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English copp

Verb

perhaps from Dutch kapen to steal, from Frisian kāpia to buy; akin to Old High German kouf trade — more at cheap entry 3

Noun (2)

short for copper entry 3

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More Definitions for cop

cop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cop

: to get (something desirable)

: to steal or take (something) from someone

: to receive (something undesirable)

cop

noun
\ ˈkäp \

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