cop

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See also: COP, çöp, and cöp

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English coppe, from Old English *coppe, as in ātorcoppe (spider, literally venom head), from Old English copp (top, summit, head), from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (vault, round vessel, head), from Proto-Indo-European *gū- (to bend, curve). Cognate with Middle Dutch koppe, kobbe (spider). More at cobweb.

Noun[edit]

cop (plural cops)

  1. (obsolete) A spider.

Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly from Middle French capere (to capture), from Latin capere (to seize, to grasp); or possibly from Dutch kapen (to steal), from West Frisian kāpia (to take away), from Old Frisian kapia, to buy.

Verb[edit]

cop (third-person singular simple present cops, present participle copping, simple past and past participle copped)

  1. (transitive, formerly dialect, now informal) to obtain, to purchase (as in drugs), to get hold of, to take
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, page 10,
      Heroin appeared on the streets of our town for the first time, and Innie watched helplessly as his sixteen-year-old brother began taking the train to Harlem to cop smack.
  2. (transitive) to (be forced to) take; to receive; to shoulder; to bear, especially blame or punishment for a particular instance of wrongdoing.
    When caught, he would often cop a vicious blow from his father
  3. (transitive) to steal
  4. (transitive) to adopt
    No need to cop an attitude with me, junior.
  5. (intransitive, usually with "to", slang) to admit, especially to a crime.
    I already copped to the murder. What else do you want from me?
    Harold copped to being known as "Dirty Harry".
    • 2005, Elmore Leonard, Mr. Paradise, page 295:
      He shot a guy in a bar on Martin Luther King Day and copped to first-degree manslaughter
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Etymology 3[edit]

Short for copper (police officer), itself from cop (one who cops) above, i.e. a criminal.

Noun[edit]

cop (plural cops)

  1. (slang, law enforcement) A police officer or prison guard.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Old English cop, copp, from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (vault, basin, round object), from Proto-Indo-European *gu-. Cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf.

Noun[edit]

cop (plural cops)

  1. (crafts) The ball of thread wound on to the spindle in a spinning machine.
  2. (obsolete) The top, summit, especially of a hill.
    • Drayton
      Cop they used to call / The tops of many hills.
  3. (obsolete) The head.
  4. A tube or quill upon which silk is wound.
  5. (architecture, military) A merlon.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Catalan colp, from Late Latin colpus (stroke), from earlier Latin colaphus.

Noun[edit]

cop m (plural cops)

  1. hit, blow, strike
  2. time, occasion

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

German Zopf

Noun[edit]

cop m

  1. braid

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A shortened form of copain.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • [kɔp]

Noun[edit]

cop m (plural cops)

  1. (informal) A friend, a pal.



Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

cop m (oblique plural cos, nominative singular cos, nominative plural cop)

  1. Alternative form of colp

Slovak[edit]

Noun[edit]

cop m (nominative plural copy), declension pattern dub

  1. braid

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External links[edit]

  • cop in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk