- A coop is a small cage or other building used for housing chickens and other birds.
An example of a coop is where a family would keep their egg laying hens.
- Coop is to keep in a confined space.
An example of coop is keeping a flying bird in a small cage.
- a small cage, pen, or building as for poultry
- any place of confinement
- Slang a jail
Origin of coopMiddle English coupe, akin to Middle Dutch Middle Low German kupe, Old High German kuofa ; from Classical Latin cupa, tub, cask ; from Indo-European an unverified form keup-, hollow, mound: for Indo-European base see coomb
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- A small enclosure or cage, as for poultry or small animals.
- A cramped or uncomfortably confined space.
- Slang A jail or prison.
transitive verbcooped, coop·ing, coops
- To confine or keep (poultry, for example) in a coop.
- To confine in a small or cramped space. Often used with up: was cooped up in the cabin during the storm.
Origin of coopMiddle English coupe, possibly from Middle Dutch kūpe, basket, tub, from Germanic *kūpōn, possibly from Latin cūpa, cask.
(third-person singular simple present coops, present participle cooping, simple past and past participle cooped)
From Middle English cupe, from Old English cȳpe (“basket, cask”)
- Alternative spelling of co-op.
From cooperative, by shortening.
- (UK, informal) Any of very many shops belonging to the Co-operative Group and its predecessors
- (law) Abbreviation of cooperative.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.
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coop - Investment & Finance Definition
Variant of co-op