Ayala moped and pined as though some great misfortune had fallen upon her.
And he moped and groaned about, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.
I was moped, hipped, with all that dreary hospital work, so they said.
She thought a change would do her good, as she had moped since Daisy's departure.
There he sat day after day: he did not drink, not a drop passed his lips, but he sat and moped like an owl.
Cat-Eye Mose, so old Jake tells me, moped for months after his disappearance.
I haven't done a stroke of work since the Atlantic dinner; have only moped around.
I wonder you are not moped to death, Clara; it's even worse than I thought it would be.'
Where was the girl of yesterday—the frail white girl who had moped so listlessly in her chair, scribbling on little bits of paper?
Poor, honest Fido, how lonesome he was and how he moped about!
1956, from Swedish (c.1952), from (trampcykel med) mo(tor och) ped(aler) "pedal cycle with engine and pedals" (the earliest versions had auxiliary pedals). Cf. obsolete English mo-bike (1925), from motor bicycle.
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.