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[droo-pee] /ˈdru pi/
adjective, droopier, droopiest.
hanging down; sagging.
lacking in spirit or courage; disheartened; dejected.
Origin of droopy
First recorded in 1200-50, droopy is from the Middle English word drupi. See droop, -y1
Related forms
droopiness, noun
2. dispirited, forlorn, despondent, discouraged, downhearted, downcast, doleful, subdued, depressed. Unabridged
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  • I was droopy tired and had sharp shooting pains in my chest.

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
  • I be toler'ble glad ez D'rindy tuk this time ter leave home fur a few days, 'kase she hev been toler'ble ailin' an' droopy.

  • But I've never liked Charlie—no man with such a long, droopy moustache could ever be really trusted.

    I'll Leave It To You Noel Coward
  • She is young and very beautiful, and wears a droopy hat and long slinky clothes which she drags across the stage.

    Behind the Beyond

    Stephen Leacock
  • No one in Oldtown had ever known either sorrel or gray to be anything else than “droopy.”

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall

    Spencer Davenport
  • Broad, wide and droopy, they stood out from the sides of Papa Finkelsteins head like the horns of the caribou.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • There's good color in his cheeks, and behind the droopy lids you could see the fighting light in his eyes.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • And—say, hadn't I seen them ruddy cheeks and that gray hair and them droopy eyes before?

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • She was pale, and droopy from the heat, but happily dressed in Liberty silk, with a plain turn-down straw hat.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for droopy


hanging or sagging downwards: a droopy moustache
Derived Forms
droopily, adverb
droopiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for droopy

"dejected, sad, gloomy," early 13c., drupie, perhaps from droop, perhaps from Old Norse drupr "drooping spirits, faintness."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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