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Cooper

[koo-per, koo p-er] /ˈku pər, ˈkʊp ər/
noun
2.
Gary (Frank James Cooper) 1901–61, U.S. actor.
3.
Hugh Lincoln, 1865–1937, U.S. hydraulic engineer.
4.
James Fenimore
[fen-uh-mawr,, -mohr] /ˈfɛn əˌmɔr,, -ˌmoʊr/ (Show IPA),
1789–1851, U.S. novelist.
5.
Leon N. born 1930, U.S. physicist: Nobel Prize 1972.
6.
Peter, 1791–1883, U.S. inventor, manufacturer, reformer, and philanthropist.
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British Dictionary definitions for jim cooper

cooper

/ˈkuːpə/
noun
1.
Also called hooper. a person skilled in making and repairing barrels, casks, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to make or mend (barrels, casks, etc)
3.
(intransitive) to work as a cooper
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Dutch cūper or Middle Low German kūper; see coop1

Cooper

/ˈkuːpə/
noun
1.
Anthony Ashley. See (Earl of) Shaftesbury
2.
Cary (Lynn). born 1940, British psychologist, noted for his studies of behaviour at work and the causes and treatment of stress
3.
Gary, real name Frank James Cooper. 1901–61, US film actor; his many films include Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952), for both of which he won Oscars
4.
Sir Henry. 1934–2011, British boxer; European heavyweight champion (1964; 1968–71)
5.
James Fenimore 1789–1851, US novelist, noted for his stories of American Indians, esp The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
6.
Leon Neil. born 1930, US physicist, noted for his work on the theory of superconductivity. He shared the Nobel prize for physics 1972
7.
Samuel 1609–72, English miniaturist
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Word Origin and History for jim cooper

cooper

n.

"craftsman who makes wooden vessels," attested from late 12c. as a surname, either from Old English (unattested) or from a Low German source akin to Middle Dutch cuper, East Frisian kuper, from Low German kupe (German Kufe) "cask," cognate with Medieval Latin cupa (see coop (n.)).

A dry cooper makes casks, etc., to hold dry goods, a wet cooper those to contain liquids, a white cooper pails, tubs, and the like for domestic or dairy use. [OED]
The surname Cowper (pronounced "cooper") preserves a 15c. spelling.

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