A police officer is called a cop.
- The definition of cop is a spindle of thread or yarn, or is slang for police officer.
- An example of a cop is thread round around a spindle in a cone shape.
- An example of a cop is a person who gives traffic tickets.
- Cop is defined as to buy drugs, or to capture or steal.
An example of cop is to take a person's bike without asking.
- Now Dial. the top or crest, as of a hill
- a cone-shaped roll of thread or yarn coiled round a spindle
Origin of copMiddle English and Old English cop, probably akin to German kopf and Dutch kop, head from Late Latin cuppa: see cup
transitive verbcopped, cop′ping
- to seize, capture, take, win, steal, etc.
- to buy (drugs)
Origin of copfrom north British dialect, dialectal form of obsolete cap, to seize; probably from Old French caper from Classical Latin capere, to take: see have
Origin of copprob. < copper
cop a plea
- to confess to the police, often implicating another
- to go back (on a promise, commitment, etc.); back down; renege
- to give up; quit; surrender
- A police officer.
- One that regulates certain behaviors or actions: “Faced with the world recession of the early 1980s, … the World Bank … became a stern economic taskmaster and cop” ( Richard J. Barnet )
Origin of copShort for copper 2
transitive verbcopped, cop·ping, cops
- a. To get hold of; gain or win: a show that copped four awards; copped a ticket to the game.b. To perceive by one of the senses: “copped a quick look at the gentleman … on the right” ( Gail Sheehy )
- To take unlawfully or without permission; steal.
Origin of copProbably variant of cap to catch from Old French caper from Latin capere ; see capture .
- A cone-shaped or cylindrical roll of yarn or thread wound on a spindle.
- Chiefly British A summit or crest, as of a hill.
Origin of copMiddle English summit from Old English
- (obsolete) A spider.
From Middle English coppe, from Old English *coppe, as in ātorcoppe (“spider”, literally “venom head”), from Old English copp (“top, summit, head”), from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (“vault, round vessel, head”), from Proto-Indo-European *gū- (“to bend, curve”). Cognate with Middle Dutch koppe, kobbe (“spider”). More at cobweb.
(third-person singular simple present cops, present participle copping, simple past and past participle copped)
- (formerly dialect, now informal) to obtain, to purchase (as in drugs), to get hold of, to take
- to (be forced to) take; to receive; to shoulder; to bear, especially blame or punishment for a particular instance of wrongdoing.
- When caught, he would often cop a vicious blow from his father
- to steal
- to adopt
- No need to cop an attitude with me, junior.
- (intransitive, usually with "to", slang) to admit, especially to a crime.
- I already copped to the murder. What else do you want from me?
- Harold copped to being known as "Dirty Harry".
Possibly from Middle French capere (“to capture”), from Latin capere (“to seize, to grasp”); or possibly from Dutch kapen (“to steal”), from West Frisian kāpia (“to take away”), from Old Frisian kapia, to buy.
- (slang, law enforcement) A police officer or prison guard.
Short for copper (“police officer”), itself from cop (“one who cops”) above, i.e. a criminal.
This is the currency code used in the ISO 4217 standard.