A coop is a small enclosed area or structure where chickens are kept. If you feel cooped up, you feel like you’re stuck in a small space, like a giant chicken in a tiny cage.

A coop is where chickens get shelter from bad weather and predators. Without a hyphen, the word co-op, which is short for co-operative organization, turns into coop. That can be confusing to chickens because they don’t know if they will have meetings or a safe place to lay eggs. Coop comes from the Old English word cype, "basket" or "cask," with the Latin root cupa, "cask" or "tub."

Definitions of coop

n an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept

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a cage in which a bird can be kept
a cage (usually made of wood and wire mesh) for small animals
squirrel cage
cage with a cylindrical framework that rotates as a small animal runs inside it
rabbit hutch
a hutch for rabbits
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a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose

n a farm building for housing poultry

chicken coop, hencoop, henhouse
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farm building
a building on a farm

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