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or dopy

[doh-pee] /ˈdoʊ pi/
adjective, dopier, dopiest. Informal.
stupid; inane:
It was rather dopey of him to lock himself out.
sluggish or befuddled from or as from the use of narcotics or alcohol.
Origin of dopey
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; dope + -y1
Related forms
dopiness, dopeyness, noun Unabridged
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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


adjective dopier, dopiest
(slang) silly
(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

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

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



  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.
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