or dop·y


adjective, dop·i·er, dop·i·est. Informal.

stupid; inane: It was rather dopey of him to lock himself out.
sluggish or befuddled from or as from the use of narcotics or alcohol.

Origin of dopey

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; dope + -y1
Related formsdop·i·ness, dop·ey·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of dopey

Historical Examples of dopey

  • 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

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper