Definition of cop noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kɒp//
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːp//
The police
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  • (informal) a police officer Somebody call the cops! children playing cops and robbers a TV cop show See related entries: The police
  • Word Originearly 18th cent. (as a verb): perhaps from obsolete cap ‘arrest’, from Old French caper ‘seize’, from Latin capere. The noun is from copper ‘police officer’.Extra examples Lots of children play cops and robbers. Penn stars as a rookie cop out to prove himself. The film is based on the true story of a New York cop. The star was stopped by traffic cops on Friday night.Idioms (British English, informal, humorous) used by somebody who is caught doing something wrong, to say that they admit that they are wrong (British English, slang) not very good He's not much cop as a singer.
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