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[en] Highlights: • Successful synthesis of Zn1−xCuxS via Co-Precipitation method at low temperature. • Particle size distribution decreases with the increase of Cu doping. • Band gap was found to increase with increase of Cu doping. • Intrinsic RTFM was observed in undoped ZnS nanoparticles. • Cu doped sample have higher magnetic moment than ZnS. To obtain enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) along with the increase in optical bandgap in the compound semiconductors has been an interesting topic. Here, we report RTFM along with increase in energy bandgap in chemically synthesized Zn1−xCuxS (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.04) DMS nanoparticles. Structural properties of the synthesized samples studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show the formation of cubic phase Cu doped ZnS nanoparticles of ~3–5 nm size. An intrinsic weak ferromagnetic behavior was observed in pure ZnS sample (at 300 K) which got increased in Cu doped samples and was understood due to defect induced ferromagnetism. UV–vis measurement showed increase in the energy bandgap with the increase in Cu doping. The PL study suggested the presence of sulfur and zinc vacancies and surface defects which were understood contributing to the intrinsic FM behavior.