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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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  • In the cab she drooped against him with a simplicity of exhaustion that was full, too, of content.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • It was fallen in and sunken and it drooped on the chest of its owner.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • The patient captain, drooped over the water-jar, was sometimes obliged to speak to the oarsman.

  • She drooped her head, unable to meet the amused look in his eyes.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • There came rumors of war, and the wings of the glad-hued year drooped sadly.

  • But the paddlers were weary, and the chiefs and renegades, too, drooped somewhat.

    The Eyes of the Woods Joseph A. Altsheler
  • While he held her hands, she drooped her head till it touched his shoulder.

    A Dozen Ways Of Love Lily Dougall
  • She did not reply; but she drooped her head and let him think it.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • He stopped instantly, drew one hindleg up, stood on three legs, and drooped his head as if he had come from the ends of the world.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
British Dictionary definitions for drooped


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 drooped



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 drooped



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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