Meaning of COOPER in English


I. ˈkü-pər, ˈku̇- noun

Etymology: Middle English couper, cowper, from Middle Dutch cūper (from cūpe cask) or Middle Low German kūper, from kūpe cask; Middle Dutch cūpe & Middle Low German kūpe, from Latin cupa; akin to Greek kypellon cup — more at hive

Date: 14th century

: one that makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs

II. verb

( coo·pered ; coo·per·ing ˈkü-p(ə-)riŋ, ˈku̇-)

Date: 1720

transitive verb

: to work as a cooper on

intransitive verb

: to work at or do coopering

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