- a bundle of coarse yarn, a sponge, or other absorbent material, fastened at the end of a stick or handle for washing floors, dishes, etc.
- a thick mass of hair.
- a polishing wheel having several layers of cloth secured by a boss.
- to rub, wipe, clean, or remove with a mop (often followed by up): to mop up a spill.
- to wipe as if with a mop: to mop the face with a handkerchief.
- to clean or wipe with or as if with a mop (often followed by up): First he swept, then he mopped up.
- mop up,
- Military.to clear (ground, trenches, towns, etc.) of scattered or remaining enemy combatants after attacking forces have conquered the area.
- Informal.to dispose of; complete; finish: He mopped up the rest of his business and went on a vacation.
- mop the floor with. floor(def 20).
Origin of mop1
- to make a disappointed or unhappy face; grimace: an unruly child that mops and mows.
- a wry face; grimace.
Origin of mop2
Examples from the Web for mop
In person, Gondry is more Joel than Doc Brown—a fragile, soft-spoken man with a mop of curly brown hair.Michel Gondry on ‘Mood Indigo,’ Kanye West, and the 10th Anniversary of ‘Eternal Sunshine’
July 20, 2014
Mop is made up of a large, graphic vinyl, an array of found objects, and a selection of images.The 15 Best Things to See at Frieze Art Fair London 2013
October 17, 2013
“They believe when this is done they can mop up al Qaeda units,” he said.Al Qaeda Clash With Free Syrian Army a New Stage of Opposition Split
September 17, 2013
Qalqilya is a religiously conservative city and Sajed with his mop top hair and baggy clothes was a misfit, but not for long.If You Build It, They Will Skate
July 17, 2013
One church executive was made to mop the bathroom floor with his tongue.15 Scientology Revelations From Lawrence Wright’s ‘Going Clear’
The Daily Beast
January 16, 2013
She then planted the comb in my mop of hair and tore out a handful of it.My Double Life
You're in the middle of a puddle now, but when you get over dreaming I'd like to mop it up.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
Mop died of old age and of a complication of diseases, in the spring of 1892.
Mop had absolutely no sense of fear or of animal proportions.
But there he was, and the society which a good man founded saw not Mop that day.
- an implement with a wooden handle and a head made of twists of cotton or a piece of synthetic sponge, used for polishing or washing floors, or washing dishes
- something resembling this, such as a tangle of hair
- (tr often foll by up) to clean or soak up with or as if with a mop
- (intr) to make a grimace or sad expression (esp in the phrase mop and mow)
- such a face or expression
- (in various parts of England) an annual fair at which formerly servants were hired
Word Origin and History for mop
late 15c., mappe "bundle of yarn, etc., fastened to the end of a stick for cleaning or spreading pitch on a ship's decks," from Walloon (French) mappe "napkin," from Latin mappa "napkin" (see map (n.)). Modern spelling by 1660s. Of hair, from 1847.
1709, from mop (n.). Related: Mopped; mopping.