Cooper | Definition of Cooper by Merriam-Webster


coo·​per | \ ˈkü-pər How to pronounce cooper (audio) , ˈku̇- How to pronounce cooper (audio) \

Definition of cooper

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: one that makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs


coopered; coopering\ ˈkü-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce cooper (audio) , ˈku̇-​ \

Definition of cooper (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

: to work as a cooper on

intransitive verb

: to work at or do coopering


biographical name (1)

Definition of Cooper (Entry 3 of 6)

Anthony Ashley — see shaftesbury


biographical name (2)
Coo·​per | \ ˈkü-pər How to pronounce Cooper (audio) , ˈku̇- \

Definition of Cooper (Entry 4 of 6)

James Fen*i*more \ ˈfen-​ə-​ˌmȯr How to pronounce Cooper (audio) \ 1789–1851 American novelist


biographical name (3)

Definition of Cooper (Entry 5 of 6)

Leon Neil 1930–     American physicist


biographical name (4)

Definition of Cooper (Entry 6 of 6)

Peter 1791–1883 American manufacturer and philanthropist

Examples of cooper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Available in color configurations of black, rasta, cooper, denim and green. Gregg Ellman, Star Tribune, "Eco-friendly Marley earbuds make a positive vibration," 14 Oct. 2020 Lawmakers were expected to question cooper about the Trump administration's decision over the summer to withhold assistance to Ukraine that had previously been appropriated by Congress, despite the Pentagon’s recommendation that it be distributed. NBC News, "Republicans storm secure room, delaying Pentagon official's impeachment deposition," 23 Oct. 2019 All this creates a very different atmosphere from the New York roastery, whose dark tones and cooper finishes evoke an old-fashioned men’s club. Blair Kamin,, "Column: The world’s largest Starbucks, opening Friday in Chicago, is one of the finest flagships on the Mag Mile," 7 Nov. 2019 Kelleher has worked as a costumed historical interpreter, trainer for the cooper shop, supervisor of the mills, coordinator of historic trades, research historian, program coordinator, and manages staff training., "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 Equally interesting: blacksmiths, Native American potters and adobe-house builders, fletchers and coopers (that's arrow- and barrel-makers), glaziers making glass from sand, cooks trying a mac and cheese recipe written in 1784. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 He was previously warned by the network after he was criticized for attempting to use an ice cream cooper on several houseguests genitals. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Big Brother' Season 20 houseguest uses N-word after CBS warning," 23 July 2018 During the tour, visitors will learn about the past, present, and future of Bulleit's whiskeys with stops at the active barrel house, cooper shop and micro still-house. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Tour these top Kentucky distilleries. Shocker! They're mostly bourbon," 20 June 2018 As for employment, John Edward Kelly worked as a blacksmith at a cooper, making iron bands for barrels. Philip Bump,, "How John Kelly’s family history compares with the immigrants he wants to keep from entering," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of cooper


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1720, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for cooper


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

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Cooper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cooper

: a person who makes or repairs wooden casks or barrels


coo·​per | \ ˈkü-pər How to pronounce cooper (audio) , ˈku̇- \

Kids Definition of cooper

: a worker who makes or repairs wooden casks, tubs, or barrels

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