Definition of kop in English:



  • 1usually the KopBritish A high bank of terracing at certain soccer grounds where spectators formerly stood, notably at Liverpool Football Club.

    • ‘I first met him when I had won a competition to take part in a penalty shoot out competition in front of the old Kop.’
    • ‘‘It was nice for him that it was in front of the Kop,’ enthused Liverpool's assistant manager Phil Thompson later.’
    • ‘Four days later, he was standing in front of the Kop, one of the most intimidating spots in football, and again showed an assurance beyond his years.’
    • ‘I ran to the Kop and the atmosphere was even greater, the noise was fantastic.’
    • ‘The avid Bantams fan celebrated in front of the Kop where he had grown up supporting the club.’
  • 2South African (especially in place names) a hill or peak.


Kop (sense 2) from Afrikaans, from Dutch, literally ‘head’ (compare with cop). kop (sense 1) comes from the name of Spioen Kop, site of a Boer War battle in which troops from Lancashire led the assault (Liverpool then being part of Lancashire).