(photo by Fabio Sola Penna)
Noun & verb. Middle English.
[Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kuper, formed as COOP noun.]
A1(a) noun. A skilled worker who makes and repairs wooden vessels
formed of staves and hoops, as casks, tubs, etc, etc. ME
A1(b) noun. A crew member on a ship who repairs casks, etc. E17
A2 noun. A person engaged in the trade of sampling, bottling, or retailing wine. E16
A3 noun. A bottle-basket used in wine cellars. E19
A4 noun. A drink composed of a mixture of stout and porter,
originally drunk by the coopers in breweries. L19
B1 verb trans. Make or repair the staves or hoops of (casks etc.);
equip or secure with hoops. E18
B2 verb trans. Put or stow in casks. M18
B3 verb trans. Followed by up: get into a presentable form. colloquial. E19
B4 verb trans. Ruin, spoil. slang. M19
Oh, and finally, just to show that cooperage is a barrel of laughs:
What do you call a bossy cooper?
A hard caskmaster!
Eh? No? Didn't like that one? Okay ...
|Barrels, barrels, everywhere, and quite a lot to drink|
(photo by Magalie L'Abbe)
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