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Cooler vs Cooper - What's the difference?

cooler | cooper |

As nouns the difference between cooler and cooper

is that cooler is (countable) anything which cools while cooper is a craftsman who makes and repairs barrels and similar wooden vessels such as casks, buckets and tubs.

As an adjective cooler

is (cool).

As a verb cooper is

to make and repair barrels etc.




  • (countable) anything which cools
  • If acid things were used only as coolers , they would not be so proper in this case. — Arbuthnot.
  • (countable) an insulated bin or box used with ice or freezer packs to keep food or beverages cold while picnicking or camping
  • (US, countable, or, uncountable) a mixed drink, especially one served chilled
  • They served wine coolers in the afternoon.
  • (US, slang) a prison
  • "About a year or so back we had him in the cooler on a Mann Act rap." - "The Big Sleep", by Raymond Chandler
  • (poker, colloquial) A cold deck.
  • (countable) a bouncer or door man
  • Synonyms

    * car fridge * cool bag, cool box (UK) * chilly bin (New Zealand) * esky (Australia) * ice chest * bouncer


  • (cool)
  • He looks cooler when he's dressed in shorts.

    Derived terms

    * cooler heads will prevail


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    Proper noun

    (mul-proper noun)
  • A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist Daniel Cooper (~1817-1842).