Origin of dope

1840–50; 1885–90 for def 4; 1900–05 for def 7; < Dutch doop (dial.) sauce, derivative of dopen to dip1
Related formsun·doped, adjective

Regional variation note

9. See soda pop.
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British Dictionary definitions for dope out

dope out

verb

(tr, adverb) US slang to devise, solve, or contriveto dope out a floor plan

dope

noun

any of a number of preparations made by dissolving cellulose derivatives in a volatile solvent, applied to fabric in order to improve strength, tautness, etc
an additive used to improve the properties of something, such as an antiknock compound added to petrol
a thick liquid, such as a lubricant, applied to a surface
a combustible absorbent material, such as sawdust or wood pulp, used to hold the nitroglycerine in dynamite
slang
  1. any illegal drug, usually cannabis
  2. (as modifier)a dope fiend
a drug administered to a racehorse or greyhound to affect its performance
informal a person considered to be stupid or slow-witted
informal news or facts, esp confidential information
US and Canadian informal a photographic developing solution

verb (tr)

electronics to add impurities to (a semiconductor) in order to produce or modify its properties
to apply or add a dopant to
to administer a drug to (oneself or another)
(intr) to take dope

adjective

slang, mainly US excellent

Word Origin for dope

C19: from Dutch doop sauce, from doopen to dip
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Word Origin and History for dope out

dope

n.

1807, American English, "sauce, gravy, thick liquid," from Dutch doop "thick dipping sauce," from doopen "to dip" (cf. dip (v.)). Extension to "drug" is 1889, from practice of smoking semi-liquid opium preparation. Meaning "foolish, stupid person" is older (1851) and may have a sense of "thick-headed." Sense of "inside information" (1901) may come from knowing before the race which horse had been drugged to influence performance. Dope-fiend is attested from 1896.

dope

v.

1889, from dope (n.). Related: Doped; doping.

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dope out in Medicine

dope

[dōp]

n.

A narcotic, especially an addictive narcotic.
An illicit drug, especially marijuana.
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Idioms and Phrases with dope out

dope out

1

Work or figure out, as in I've been trying to dope out this new computer program. [Slang; c. 1900]

2

Also, dope up. Use narcotics or psychotropic drugs, as in They said the fraternity initiation may involve doping up. The first term dates from the early 1900s, the variant from about 1970.

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