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[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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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."

    "That's me all over, Mable"

    Edward Streeter
  • 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
  • The dopy cook scuffled to his feet and stumbled over to the rail, hung there, peering intently southward.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for dopy


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 dopy



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

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



  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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