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Dictionary Definition

cop n : uncomplimentary terms for a policeman [syn: bull, copper, fuzz, pig]


1 take by theft; "Someone snitched my wallet!" [syn: hook, snitch, thieve, knock off, glom]
2 take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals" [syn: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab] [also: copping, copped]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kɒp/
    Rhymes: -ɒp

Etymology 1

From and capere.


  1. To capture, get hold of, 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.

Etymology 2

Short for copper, itself from cop above, i.e. a criminal. Sometimes explained as deriving from copper buttons or badges of early NYPD uniforms, though this is often stated to be a folk etymology.
A police officer

Etymology 3

lang=ang, copp, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf.


  1. In the context of "crafts": The ball of thread wound on to the spindle in a spinning machine.
  2. The top, summit, especially of a hill.
  3. The head.

Etymology 4


  1. to admit, especially to a crime.
    I already copped to the murder. What else do you want from me?
  2. to receive, especially blame or punishment for a particular instance of wrongdoing.






German Zopf


  1. braid

Derived terms



A shortened form of copain.


  • [kɔp]


fr-noun m
  1. A friend, a pal.



cop , copy p
cop stem
declension pattern

Extensive Definition

A cop is a police officer.
Cop or Cops may refer to:




  • Center of pressure, the point on a body where the sum total of the aerodynamic pressure field acts
  • Colloid osmotic pressure, exerted by proteins in blood plasma that normally tends to pull water into the circulatory system
  • Coefficient of performance, in thermodynamics, the ratio of the output heat of a pump to the supplied work
  • Coatomer protein, a transport protein involved in vesicular transportation between rough endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus

Computer science



See also

cop in German: COP
cop in Spanish: COP
cop in Esperanto: COP
cop in French: COP
cop in French: Cops
cop in Italian: COP
cop in Japanese: COP
cop in Polish: COP
cop in Kölsch: COP (Watt ėßß datt?)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dogberry, John Law, abstract, and, annex, appropriate, bag, bluecoat, bobby, boost, borrow, bull, cabbage, clout, complex cone, cone, conelet, conoid, copper, cornet, crib, defraud, dick, embezzle, extort, filch, flatfoot, flattie, funnel, fuzz, gendarme, gumshoe, heat, hook, ice-cream cone, lift, make off with, man, nab, nip, officer, palm, peeler, pig, pilfer, pinch, pine cone, poach, purloin, run away with, rustle, scrounge, shamus, shoplift, snare, snatch, snitch, steal, swindle, swipe, take, the cops, the fuzz, the law, thieve, walk off with
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