Definition of kop in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒp/


1 (usually the Kop) British A high bank of terracing at certain soccer grounds where spectators formerly stood, notably at Liverpool Football Club.
Example sentences
  • The avid Bantams fan celebrated in front of the Kop where he had grown up supporting the club.
  • I first met him when I had won a competition to take part in a penalty shoot out competition in front of the old Kop.
  • I ran to the Kop and the atmosphere was even greater, the noise was fantastic.
2South African (Especially in place names) a hill or peak.


sense 2 from Afrikaans, from Dutch, literally 'head' (compare with cop2). sense 1 comes from the name of Spioen Kop, site of a Boer War battle in which troops from Lancashire led the assault (Liverpool then being part of Lancashire).

  • The Taylor Report after the Hillsborough disaster of 1989, in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush at the ground of Sheffield Wednesday FC, recommended that major soccer grounds in England should become all-seated, and spelled the end for the traditional terrace or kop. The original and best-known kop was the one at Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, which was known in full as Spion Kop. The name came from the site of a battle in 1900 during the Boer War, in which troops from Lancashire, including many from Liverpool, led the assault. In Afrikaans kop means ‘hill’, and so was an appropriate name for a high bank of terracing.

Words that rhyme with kop

atop, bop, chop, clop, cop, crop, dop, drop, Dunlop, estop, flop, fop, glop, hop, intercrop, knop, lop, mop, op, plop, pop, prop, screw-top, shop, slop, sop, stop, strop, swap, tiptop, top, underprop, whop

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