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.
- (obsolete) A spider.
Uncertain. Perhaps from Old English copian (“to plunder; pillage; steal”); or possibly from Middle French caper (“to capture”), from Latin capiō (“to seize, to grasp”); or possibly from Dutch kapen (“to seize, to hijack”), from West Frisian kapia (“to take away”), from Old Frisian kapia (“to buy”). Compare also Middle English copen (“to buy”), from Middle Dutch copen.
Short for copper (“police officer”), itself from cop (“one who cops”) above, in reference to arresting criminals.
- (slang, law enforcement) A police officer or prison guard.
Old English cop, copp, from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (“vault, basin, round object”), from Proto-Indo-European *gu-. Cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf.
- (crafts) The ball of thread wound on to the spindle in a spinning machine.
- (obsolete) The top, summit, especially of a hill.
- (obsolete) The crown (of the head); also the head itself. [14th-15th c.]
The stature is bowed down in age, the is depressed.
- A tube or quill upon which silk is wound.
- (architecture, military) A merlon.
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