Meaning of cowp in English:


Pronunciation /kaʊp/


[no object]
  • 1Scottish, Northern Irish Fall over.

    ‘excuse me if I don't cowp over with the shock of it all’
    • ‘One foot on the window sill and one on the ladder, and suddenly you feel your ladder beginning to cowp on the hard snow and ice.’
    • ‘His father struck it hard with a piece of wood and it cowped forward.’
    • ‘She manages to get publicity mileage out of cowping downstairs.’
    • ‘The boat lurched to the right, then cowped to the left when efforts were made to correct the steering.’
    • ‘The City Hall was not to be demolished and will now have to be intelligently adapted rather than cowped into landfill.’
    1. 1.1with object Tip or knock (something) over.
      ‘Jim would cowp the pot upside down’
      • ‘She grabs his leg and cowps him with a thump.’
      • ‘His main aim turned out to be getting close enough to grab the side of our boat and cowping it over.’
      • ‘I've cowped three or four motors on that daft bend.’
      • ‘He nods and shakes his head vigorously, as if someone has just cowped a pail of rancid slops over him.’
      • ‘The weight of my shopping bags over the handles cowped the whole thing clean over.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘to strike or come to blows’): probably originally the same word as cope.