For days we were utterly inconsolable, doing nothing but mope morning, noon, and night.
Neglected and idle, he did not grumble; straitened and poor, he did not mope.
You know you are such a girl to mope, and make mountains out of mole-hills.
I should only mope here and fret, and come to no good, and give you no pride in me at all.
Would any but a jilted woman sit and mope while our wickiups go up in smoke?
You have done nothing but mope about, and look as miserable as a boiled owl.
Men in straits cannot afford to sit down to grieve and mope over their sorrows.
She must either submit to it or shut herself up and mope and not go out at all.
She thought: "Osborn's going out to dinner, and I can mope and starve at home."
"I'm tired o' doin' nowt but mope i' th' house," Liz fretted.
1560s, "to move and act unconsciously;" 1580s, "to be listless and apathetic," the sound of the word perhaps somehow suggestive of low feelings (cf. Low German mopen "to sulk," Dutch moppen "to grumble, to grouse," Danish maabe, dialectal Swedish mopa "to mope"). Related: Moped; moping; mopey; mopish.