- any of various varnishlike products for coating a fabric, as of airplane wings, in order to make it waterproof, stronger, etc.
- a similar product used to coat the fabric of a balloon to reduce gas leakage.
- any narcotic or narcoticlike drug taken to induce euphoria or satisfy addiction.
- any illicit drug.
- a drug, as a steroid, given to an athlete to boost athletic performance.
- a narcotic or other drug given surreptitiously to a horse to improve or retard its performance in a race.
verb (used with object), doped, dop·ing.
- to affect with dope or drugs (usually followed by up or out): I was so doped up that I couldn't remember a thing.
- to add a narcotic or other drug to:My brother doped my food as a prank.
- to give a drug to (an athlete or horse), so as to affect performance in a race or other competition.
verb (used without object), doped, dop·ing.
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Origin of dope
regional variation note for dope
OTHER WORDS FROM dopeun·doped, adjective
Words nearby dope
British Dictionary definitions for dope out (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for dope out (2 of 2)
- any illegal drug, usually cannabis
- (as modifier)a dope fiend
Word Origin for dope
Medical definitions for dope out
Idioms and Phrases with dope out
Work or figure out, as in I've been trying to dope out this new computer program. [Slang; c. 1900]
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.