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Clipping of helicopter.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒptə/
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  • (US) enPR: käpʹtər, IPA(key): /ˈkɑptɚ/


copter (plural copters)

  1. (informal) A helicopter.
    • 2005, Sin City (the film),
      Shellie shouts something I can't quite make out over the racket of a passing police copter.



copter (third-person singular simple present copters, present participle coptering, simple past and past participle coptered)

  1. (informal, transitive) To helicopter: to transport by helicopter.
  2. (informal, intransitive) To helicopter: to travel by helicopter.
  3. (informal, intransitive) To move like a helicopter.
    • 2015 July 24, Tom Sleigh, “‘Boomerang’”, in New York Times[1]:
      The sidelong whiplash of his arm sent the boomerang soaring, pushing the sky to the horizon until the blade just hung there, a black slash on the sun so far away it seemed not to move at all before it came whirling back larger and larger: would it hit him, would he die — and you ducked down, terrified, clinging to his thigh, its deathspin slowing as it coptered softly down and he snatched it from the air.