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coop

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Pronunciation: /kuːp
 
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Definition of coop in English:

noun

1A cage or pen in which poultry are kept.
Example sentences
  • People live in unheated cottages, old tobacco kilns, bunkhouses and even chicken coops and melt snow for water.
  • So, you'll likely have to park your car way at the bottom of the parking lot, right by the chicken coops.
  • Next to her was a chicken coop with only three chickens left in it.
Synonyms
Scottish parrock
1.1British A basket used in catching fish.

verb

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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?
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

More
  • 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.

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