- 1A cage or pen in which poultry are kept.More 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.
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- 1 (usually be cooped up) Confine in a small space: being cooped up indoors all day makes him fidgetyMore 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?
- 2Put or keep (poultry) in a cage or pen: our free-range chickens roam the barnyard instead of staying cooped up in a henhouseMore 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.