Definition of cowp in English:



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

    ‘excuse me if I don't cowp over with the shock of it all’
    • ‘His father struck it hard with a piece of wood and it cowped forward.’
    • ‘The City Hall was not to be demolished and will now have to be intelligently adapted rather than cowped into landfill.’
    • ‘The boat lurched to the right, then cowped to the left when efforts were made to correct the steering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She manages to get publicity mileage out of cowping downstairs.’
    1. 1.1with object Tip or knock (something) over.
      ‘Jim would cowp the pot upside down’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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