Definition of cooper in English:

cooper

Pronunciation /ˈko͞opər/ /ˈkupər/ /ˈko͝opər/ /ˈkʊpər/

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noun

  • A maker or repairer of casks and barrels.

    ‘Mount Joy was a great industrial town, having blacksmiths, wagon builders, coopers, weavers, millers, molders, and toolmakers.’
    • ‘It had two butchers, two coopers, two weavers, a shoemaker, blacksmith, a cornmill, a pound, a lime kiln and, of course, a pub.’
    • ‘Dance themes deal with relations between men and women as well as particular occupations such as the dances of reapers, cobblers, coopers, and smiths.’
    • ‘Particularly striking was the breakdown of the craft system: only two boys (a cooper and a tailor) claimed they were apprentices.’
    • ‘I left school at 16 and served a four-year apprenticeship as a cooper with Clyde Cooperage.’
    • ‘He can trace his ancestors in this area back to 1650, a long line of shepherds, coopers, weavers and the occasional collier.’
    • ‘Some wells were putting out more than 3,000 barrels of oil per day, and coopers were producing large numbers of brand-new containers just for oil.’
    • ‘Almost 14 percent of those sought were reported as having pre-industrial skills; the males were blacksmiths or masons or coopers.’
    • ‘The diameters are almost identical; coopers made tight casks with remarkably similar proportions, for similar capacities, regardless of the names of the casks.’
    • ‘For example, Joe, twenty-one, and Jack, nineteen, were both coopers and both sons of Cooper Joe, sixty-three.’
    • ‘Old time coopers made each cask to its intended shape and capacity almost entirely by eye and experience.’
    • ‘In addition, Jeremiah's only surviving son Aaron, who later became a cooper, probably contributed to his family's productive capacity while learning the trade at his father's side.’
    • ‘I could almost hear the coopers banging, smell the blubber cauldrons boiling.’
    • ‘It was built by a Mr Robinson, who carried on the trade of a cooper, and he also used the front cellar under the theatre as a workshop.’
    • ‘The company is one of the few brewers in the country that still employs a cooper crafting wooden casks in which the beers mature.’
    • ‘At the stables he unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit and was presented with a statuette of the cooper at work.’
    • ‘John Drummond trained as a cooper in Greenock, making barrels to contain sugar, whisky and grain that were transported across the empire.’
    • ‘The top superstar coopers are so in demand that they can charge as much as £500 for a single new French barrel.’
    • ‘As this was the same rate paid to the coopers for their work, it would seem that this type of work was relatively skilled.’
    • ‘We think the cooper, not the kind of oak, gives the greatest influence.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Make or repair (a cask or barrel)

    ‘my father coopered casks and barrels for the ships’
    • ‘he worked most of his life coopering for a brewery’
    • ‘First comes the sherry casks, then there's the traditional bourbon casks from America, and finally it is moved to new oak casks, coopered from American timber.’
    • ‘Richard worked just about every job in that business, from harvesting logs to make the barrel staves through to coopering and trucking the water-tight barrels to fishery clients in Atlantic Canada.’
    • ‘His films include clay-pipe making, charcoal burning, clog-making, brush-making, coopering and tanning.’
    • ‘Demonstrations included quilting, decorative paper cutting, decorative stenciling, tinsmithing, woodworking, band box making, and coopering.’
    • ‘Watch and clock makers, coopering, the dairy trade, wagon and carriage making, the building trade are all celebrated, with a range of displays and pictures, and there is a special display on the part played by Westinghouse.’
    • ‘The advent of metal casks has all but finished the craft of coopering, except at Theakston's brewery in Masham.’
    • ‘Given that coopering is still very much a manual industry and dependable on skilled tradesmen, our main aim is to ensure that distilleries have a readily available supply of quality casks for their filling programme.’
    • ‘It was also used for industrial purposes, including coopering, tanning, glassmaking and iron smelting.’
    • ‘Groups of tools representing industries like coopering were arranged as if awaiting the master craftsman's return from lunch.’
    • ‘The Friday workshops covered wooden moldings and white coopering.’

Origin

Middle English cowper, from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kūper, from kūpe ‘tub, vat’, based on Latin cupa. Compare with coop.