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[droop] /drup/
verb (used without object)
to sag, sink, bend, or hang down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
to fall into a state of physical weakness; flag; fail.
to lose spirit or courage.
to descend, as the sun; sink.
verb (used with object)
to let sink or drop:
an eagle drooping its wings.
a sagging, sinking, bending, or hanging down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
Origin of droop
1300-50; Middle English drupen, drowpen < Old Norse drūpa; akin to drop
Related forms
droopingly, adverb
redroop, verb (used without object)
undrooping, adjective
1. flag, languish. 2. weaken, decline, faint, wilt, wither, fade. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for droop
Historical Examples
  • But the tempter came, and from that time she began to droop.

  • It is a toss of the head and a droop of the eyes if I say one word of what is in my mind.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The more intense his thinking, the slacker was the droop of his lower jaw.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • As soon as Freya was gone, the flowers began to droop their heads.

  • There was a droop to Evadna's shoulders, and a tremble to her mouth.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • You droop at that, forgetting that I am growing old, and that my course is nearly run.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Leave then to perish your hope; droop in the desert my joy; naked advance.

    Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf
  • One wing seemed to droop a little; so we took it up and put it in a box.

  • The droop of her head appealed to the young man with immense power.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • My strength and appetite suddenly deserted me, and I began to pine and droop.

    Lavengro George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for droop


to sag or allow to sag, as from weakness or exhaustion; hang down; sink
(intransitive) to be overcome by weariness; languish; flag
(intransitive) to lose courage; become dejected
the act or state of drooping
Derived Forms
drooping, adjective
droopingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse drūpa; see drop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for droop

early 13c., from Old Norse drupa "to drop, sink, hang (the head)," from Proto-Germanic *drup-, from PIE *dhreu-, related to Old English dropian "to drop" (see drip). Related: Drooped; drooping. As a noun, from 1640s.

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



A somewhat dull and stupid person: He's such a droop, he can't even discuss the weather intelligently (1930s+ Teenagers)

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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