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  • Kopp (colloquial; northern and central Germany)


From Middle High German kopf (drinking vessel), from Old High German kopf, chopf, kupf (mug, bowl, head), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa (tub) from Proto-Indo-European *kewp- (a hollow); related to English cup. Compare English noggin, and mug. French tête. Alternatively it is inherited from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (round object, bowl, crown of the head), whilst influenced by the aforesaid Latin word, and if so then related to obsolete English cop (the crown (of the head); the head).


  • IPA(key): /kɔpf/, [kɔp͡f], [kɔp͡ɸ]
  • (file)


Kopf m (genitive Kopfes or Kopfs, plural Köpfe)

  1. (anatomy) head
    Er fiel die Treppe hinunter, als sie ihm ein Buch an den Kopf warf.
    He fell down the stairs when she threw a book at his head.
  2. crown, top
  3. heading, title
  4. person; individual; fellow (referring to one's intellect or mentality)
    Er ist ein heller Kopf.
    He's a bright fellow.
    (literally, “He is a bright head.”)
  5. (linguistics) head
  6. (numismatics) heads (side of a coin)




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Further reading[edit]

  • Kopf” in Duden online
  • Kopf” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Kopf in Kluge's Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, 1891