Definition of cooper in English:

cooper

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.’
    • ‘We think the cooper, not the kind of oak, gives the greatest influence.’
    • ‘Almost 14 percent of those sought were reported as having pre-industrial skills; the males were blacksmiths or masons or coopers.’
    • ‘I left school at 16 and served a four-year apprenticeship as a cooper with Clyde Cooperage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He can trace his ancestors in this area back to 1650, a long line of shepherds, coopers, weavers and the occasional collier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Old time coopers made each cask to its intended shape and capacity almost entirely by eye and experience.’
    • ‘The top superstar coopers are so in demand that they can charge as much as £500 for a single new French barrel.’
    • ‘It had two butchers, two coopers, two weavers, a shoemaker, blacksmith, a cornmill, a pound, a lime kiln and, of course, a pub.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As this was the same rate paid to the coopers for their work, it would seem that this type of work was relatively skilled.’
    • ‘John Drummond trained as a cooper in Greenock, making barrels to contain sugar, whisky and grain that were transported across the empire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

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

    • ‘His films include clay-pipe making, charcoal burning, clog-making, brush-making, coopering and tanning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Demonstrations included quilting, decorative paper cutting, decorative stenciling, tinsmithing, woodworking, band box making, and coopering.’
    • ‘It was also used for industrial purposes, including coopering, tanning, glassmaking and iron smelting.’
    • ‘The advent of metal casks has all but finished the craft of coopering, except at Theakston's brewery in Masham.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

Pronunciation