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dopey

or dop·y

[doh-pee]
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adjective, dop·i·er, dop·i·est. 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.
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Origin of dopey

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; dope + -y1
Related formsdop·i·ness, dop·ey·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for dopy

Historical Examples

  • I have studied every line of old Randall's notes till I'm 'dopy' myself.

    The Tyranny of the Dark

    Hamlin Garland

  • It was some hot out there on the water, son, and Im inclined to be dopy.

  • I was thinkin of you an gettin kind of dopy when some one says over the fone "This is the General."

  • Beneath that dopy somnolence of manner his senses were alert and his eyes were usually the first to see distant game.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • I tell you it's all worked out, Jenkins—all figured out while you were dopy in your bunk.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson


British Dictionary definitions for dopy

dopey

dopy

adjective dopier or dopiest
  1. slang silly
  2. informal half-asleep or in a state of semiconsciousness, as when under the influence of a drug
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Derived Formsdopily, adverbdopiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dopy

dopey

adj.

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

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