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adjective, dop·i·er, dop·i·est. Informal.
  1. stupid; inane: It was rather dopey of him to lock himself out.
  2. sluggish or befuddled from or as from the use of narcotics or alcohol.
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Origin of dopey

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; dope + -y1
Related formsdop·i·ness, dop·ey·ness, noun
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  • Say, if I hadn't been havin' a dopey streak I'd a known something was about due.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • But everyone was dopey today and Driscoll was peevish and nobody loved us.

    Quarter-Back Bates

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • "You'll be out heeling the Record, Dopey, inside of a month," said Hunter quietly.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson

  • You probably will, Dopey, but you'll never rob us of this memory.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson

  • "More'n I can say," said Dopey, affectionately feeling of his head.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for dopey



adjective dopier or dopiest
  1. slang silly
  2. informal half-asleep or in a state of semiconsciousness, as when under the influence of a drug
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Derived Formsdopily, adverbdopiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dopey


1896, from dope (n.) + -y (2).

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