American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A police officer.
- n. Informal One that regulates certain behaviors or actions: "Faced with the world recession of the early 1980s, ... the World Bank ... became a stern economic taskmaster and cop” ( Richard J. Barnet).
- v. To take unlawfully or without permission; steal. See Synonyms at steal.
- v. To get hold of; gain or win: a show that copped four awards; copped a ticket to the game.
- v. To take or catch: "copped a quick look at the gentleman in a caramel cashmere sport coat on the right” ( Gail Sheehy).
- cop out To avoid fulfilling a commitment or responsibility; renege: copped out on my friends; copped out by ducking the issue.
- idiom. cop a plea To plead guilty to a lesser charge so as to avoid standing trial for a more serious charge.
- n. A cone-shaped or cylindrical roll of yarn or thread wound on a spindle.
- n. Chiefly British A summit or crest, as of a hill.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The head or top of a thing; especially, the top of a hill.
- n. A tuft on the head of birds.
- n. A round piece of wood fixed on the top of a beehive. [Prov. Eng.]
- n. A mound or bank; a heap of anything. [North. Eng.]
- n. An inclosure with a ditch around it. [Prov. Eng.]
- n. A fence. Halliwell. [Prov. Eng.]
- n. A merlon, or portion of a battlement.
- n. The conical ball of thread formed on the spindle of a wheel or spinning-frame. Also called coppin.
- n. A tube upon which silk thread is sometimes wound, instead of being made into skeins.
- n. A measure of peas, 15 sheaves in the field and 16 in the barn.
- n. A spider.
- n. An obsolete form of cup.
- n. A policeman.
- To capture or arrest as a prisoner: as, he was copped for stealing.
- To throw underhand.
- n. In golf, the face of a bunker.
- n. An abbreviation of Copernican;
- n. of Coptic;
- n. [lowercase] of copper.
- n. obsolete A spider.
- v. transitive to obtain, to purchase (as in drugs), to get hold of, to take
- v. transitive to (be forced to) take; to receive; to shoulder; to bear, especially blame or punishment for a particular instance of wrongdoing.
- v. transitive to steal
- v. transitive to adopt
- v. intransitive, usually with "to" (slang) to admit, especially to a crime.
- n. slang, law enforcement A police officer or prison guard.
- n. slang, offensive, African American Vernacular by extension any white male especially large and clean cut
- n. crafts The ball of thread wound on to the spindle in a spinning machine.
- n. obsolete The top, summit, especially of a hill.
- n. obsolete The head.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The top of a thing; the head; a crest.
- n. A conical or conical-ended mass of coiled thread, yarn, or roving, wound upon a spindle, etc.
- n. A tube or quill upon which silk is wound.
- n. (Mil. Arch.) Same as Merlon.
- n. Slang A policeman.
- v. take into custody
- v. take by theft
- n. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
- Old English cop, copp, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf. (Wiktionary)
- Short for copper2.Probably variant of cap, to catch, from Old French caper, from Latin capere; see capture.Middle English, summit, from Old English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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