Origin of dope

First recorded in 1840–50; from Dutch doop (dialect) “sauce,” derivative of dopen “to dip, baptize”; cf. deep, dip1

OTHER WORDS FROM dope

un·doped, adjective

regional variation note for dope

7. See soda pop.
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British Dictionary definitions for dope out (1 of 2)

dope out

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for dope out (2 of 2)

dope
/ (dəʊp) /

noun

verb (tr)

adjective

slang, mainly US excellent

Word Origin for dope

C19: from Dutch doop sauce, from doopen to dip
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Medicine definitions for dope out

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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