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definition of the word cop

by the Wiktionnary

From Latin and Old French capere (to capture).

Infinitive
to cop

Third person singular
cops

Simple past
copped

Past participle
copped

Present participle
copping

to cop (third-person singular simple present cops, present participle copping, simple past and past participle copped)

  1. (informal) To capture, get hold of, take.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, page 10,
      Heroin appeared on the streets of our town for the first time, and Innie watched helplessly as his sixteen-year-old brother began taking the train to Harlem to cop smack.

Short for copper (police officer), itself from cop (one who cops) above, i.e. a criminal. Sometimes explained as deriving from copper buttons or badges of early NYPD or uniforms or on those worn by the first London Police Force of the 1820s, though this is often stated to be a folk etymology. 'Cop' has long existed as a verb meaning "to take or seize"; the first example of 'cop' taking the meaning 'to arrest' appeared in 1844, and the word swiftly moved from simply meaning 'to arrest into police custody' to encompass the individual doing the detaining. (Reference: http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/cop.asp Snopes Article )

Singular
cop

Plural
cops

cop (plural cops)

  1. (slang, law enforcement) A police officer.

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