Definition of cooper in English:


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

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  • 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.’


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