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dopey

or dop·y

[doh-pee]
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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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Examples from the Web for dopey

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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

dopey

dopy

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

adj.

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

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