noun (1)
\ ˈkäp How to pronounce cop (audio) \

Definition of cop

 (Entry 1 of 4)


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


noun (2)

Definition of cop (Entry 3 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

Definition of cop (Entry 4 of 4)

1 copper
2 copulative
3 copy
4 copyright

Synonyms for cop

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb

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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.

First Known Use of cop

Noun (1)

1859, in the meaning defined above


1704, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

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

History and Etymology for cop

Noun (1)

short for copper entry 3


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)

Middle English, from Old English copp

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“Cop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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