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dopey

or dopy

[doh-pee] /ˈdoʊ pi/
adjective, dopier, dopiest. Informal.
1.
stupid; inane:
It was rather dopey of him to lock himself out.
2.
sluggish or befuddled from or as from the use of narcotics or alcohol.
Origin of dopey
1895-1900
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; dope + -y1
Related forms
dopiness, dopeyness, noun
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  • Say, if I hadn't been havin' a dopey streak I'd a known something was about due.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • But everyone was dopey today and Driscoll was peevish and nobody loved us.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "You'll be out heeling the Record, dopey, inside of a month," said Hunter quietly.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • You probably will, dopey, but you'll never rob us of this memory.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • "More'n I can say," said dopey, affectionately feeling of his head.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • "dopey's got weak head—no good—stand nothing," he said seriously to Regan.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • "I say, fellows, we've cornered the sleigh market," said dopey uproariously.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for dopey

dopey

/ˈdəʊpɪ/
adjective dopier, dopiest
1.
(slang) silly
2.
(informal) half-asleep or in a state of semiconsciousness, as when under the influence of a drug
Derived Forms
dopily, adverb
dopiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dopey
adj.

1896, from dope (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dopey

dopey

adjective

  1. Stuporous, esp from narcotic intoxication: I was dopy after they gave me the shot
  2. Stupid; idiotic: Most movies are written for women in their 20s and 30s, and these are sort of dopey parts

[1896+; fr dope; the word has also meant ''a thief 's or beggar's woman'' since at least the 1850s, and this may in some minds have influenced the modern senses]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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