Definition of coop in English:

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Pronunciation: /kuːp/


1A cage or pen in which poultry are kept.
Example sentences
  • Many of the lots had a barn for a cow and horses, and a coop for chickens.
  • At the side of the house stood a barn, and a coop full of chickens scratching at the dry cracked earth.
  • For $80, the farmer sold his guests eight metal nesting boxes, old barn wood with which to build a coop, four Rhode Island Reds, and a sack of feed.
Scottish  parrock
1.1British A basket used in catching fish.


[with object]
1 (usually be cooped up) Confine in a small space: being cooped up indoors all day makes him fidgety
More example sentences
  • Her children were playing near the pond, running free as if they had been cooped up in a confined day care center all day.
  • I wasn't cooped up indoors all day with a computer or the TV.
  • Does the thought of being cooped up indoors watching a game bore you to tears?
confine, shut in, close in, shut up, mew up, keep, detain, trap;
lock up, imprison, incarcerate, immure, intern, impound, hold captive, hold prisoner, put under lock and key;
2Put or keep (poultry) in a cage or pen: our free-range chickens roam the barnyard instead of staying cooped up in a henhouse
More example sentences
  • Free-range poultry may have been as cooped up as conventional poultry.
  • But he passes on the dish, maybe because I cooped a couple of the birds in his dog's kennel for a night.
  • It's cold and gray and I feel like a chicken cooped up in a particularly small cage.


Middle English cowpe; related to Dutch kuip 'vat' and German Kufe 'cask', based on Latin cupa. Compare with cooper.

  • The Latin word cupa ‘barrel’ is the forerunner of coop, ‘a cage or pen in which poultry are kept’, and also gave us cooper (Middle English), meaning ‘barrel-maker’. In medieval English a coop was a kind of basket that you placed over chickens that were sitting or being fattened.

Words that rhyme with coop

bloop, cock-a-hoop, croup, droop, drupe, dupe, goop, group, Guadeloupe, hoop, loop, poop, recoup, roup, scoop, sloop, snoop, soup, stoep, stoop, stoup, stupe, swoop, troop, troupe, whoop

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