cop Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “cop” in the English Dictionary

"cop" in British English

See all translations

copnoun

uk   /kɒp/  us   /kɑːp/

cop noun (POLICE)

[C] (UK informal also copper) informal a police officer : Quick, ​run - there's a cop coming!

cop noun (QUALITY)

not much cop UK slang not very good: His last ​book wasn't much cop.

cop noun (CRIME)

[S] UK →  it's a fair cop

copverb [T]

uk   /kɒp/  us   /kɑːp/ (-pp-)

cop verb [T] (CRIME)

UK slang to ​arrest someone for a ​crime: He was copped fordriving without a ​licence last ​week.

cop verb [T] (TAKE)

UK slang to take or ​hold: Cop (​hold of) that, would you - I can't ​carry both myself.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of cop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cop" in American English

See all translations

copnoun [C]

 us   /kɑp/ infml
a ​policeofficer
(Definition of cop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cop”
in Korean 경찰…
in Arabic ضابِط شُرطة…
in Malaysian polis…
in French flic…
in Russian полицейский…
in Chinese (Traditional) 警官…
in Italian sbirro…
in Turkish polis…
in Polish gliniarz, glina…
in Spanish poli…
in Vietnamese viết tắt của từ copper (đồng)…
in Portuguese tira, policial…
in Thai ตำรวจ…
in German der Bulle (umgsp. Polizist)…
in Catalan poli…
in Japanese 警官, お巡りさん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 警官…
in Indonesian polisi…
What is the pronunciation of cop?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More