cop

A cop is a police officer. If you realize you're speeding in a school zone, you might look around nervously, hoping you won't see a cop.

Cop is an informal, somewhat derogatory word for a police officer. When it's a verb, it means "to steal" or to "strike an attitude." An angry cop might say to a young troublemaker, "Hey, don't cop an attitude with me!" In the US, a legal defendant can also "cop a plea," or agree to a plea bargain. The earliest meaning of cop was "to catch," probably from the Latin capere, "to take."

Primary Meanings of cop

1.
n
uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
2.
v
take by theft
3.
v
take into custody
Full Definitions of cop
1

n uncomplimentary terms for a policeman

Synonyms:
bull, copper, fuzz, pig
Type of:
officer, police officer, policeman
a member of a police force
2

v take by theft

Synonyms:
glom, hook, knock off, snitch, thieve
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent
3

v take into custody

Synonyms:
apprehend, arrest, collar, nab, nail, pick up
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

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