- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for drooping
"It clears Alan," he said, seeking furtively for a look into the drooping face.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Life is a hearty and vigorous movement to them, not a drooping slouch.
To which she replied, drooping her head again, that she shouldn't dance that night.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
He was so acute that he must be aware of the drooping of their intimacy.A Spirit in Prison
This was Weaver speaking, a small, wiry man with a drooping moustache.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
- to sag or allow to sag, as from weakness or exhaustion; hang down; sink
- (intr) to be overcome by weariness; languish; flag
- (intr) to lose courage; become dejected
- the act or state of drooping
Word Origin and History for drooping
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.