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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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  • "You'll be out heeling the Record, dopey, inside of a month," said Hunter quietly.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • But everyone was dopey today and Driscoll was peevish and nobody loved us.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "More'n I can say," said dopey, affectionately feeling of his head.

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

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • Using slang is just a habit, just a cheap and dopey trick; if you hump yourself and try to, you can shake it pretty quick.

    Rippling Rhymes Walt Mason
  • "I say, fellows, we've cornered the sleigh market," said dopey uproariously.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • At first the pony was very groggy and dopey, but as his head cleared he started to struggle.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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