- Ⅰ.copper  ► NOUN 1) a red-brown metallic chemical element which is used for electrical wiring and as a component of brass and bronze. 2) (coppers) Brit. coins of low value made of copper or bronze. 3) Brit. dated a large copper or iron container for boiling laundry. 4) a reddish-brown colour.► VERB ▪ cover or coat with copper.DERIVATIVES coppery adjective.ORIGIN from Latin cyprium aes 'Cyprus metal' (so named because Cyprus was the chief source).Ⅱ.copper  ► NOUN Brit. informal ▪ a police officer.ORIGIN from COP(Cf. ↑cop).
English terms dictionary. 2015.