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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 drooping
Historical Examples
  • "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 Robert Hichens
  • This was Weaver speaking, a small, wiry man with a drooping moustache.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • The waggons rumbled on, and the horses picked their own way, with drooping heads.

  • They had drawn close to one another, and stood there rigid in their drooping skirts.

  • Roma was now sitting with drooping head, and her tears were falling on her hands.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Women and girls were there, cowed and drooping, with torn garments and bare feet.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The westering sun was drooping heavily toward its fiery couch.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for drooping


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 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.

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



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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