- 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 mopped
Only 10 million gallons of oil have been burned off, and an additional 25 million gallons of oil-and-water mix has been mopped up.11 Ways to Save the Gulf
The Daily Beast
July 14, 2010
She mopped the mess on the floor with a towel, then she rinsed the towel out and hung it up to dry.'Are You Also With Fever?'
Dr. Abraham Verghese
February 11, 2009
He put down the glass, found his handkerchief and mopped his dripping face.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Then he took a handkerchief from his pocket, removed his panama and mopped his forehead.The Law-Breakers
The gentleman took off his silk hat and mopped his forehead.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
I leaned now against the porte-cochere, and mopped myself vigorously.Bardelys the Magnificent
"No; I cannot understand it," and Pachmann mopped his face again.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
- 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 mopped
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.