or dop·y

[ doh-pee ]
See synonyms for: dopeydopiness on

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.

Origin of dopey

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; dope + -y1

Other words from dopey

  • dop·i·ness, dop·ey·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dopey in a sentence

  • It was some hot out there on the water, son, and Im inclined to be dopy.

  • I tell you it's all worked out, Jenkins—all figured out while you were dopy in your bunk.

    The Wreck of the Titan | Morgan Robertson
  • The dopy cook scuffled to his feet and stumbled over to the rail, hung there, peering intently southward.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock | T. S. Stribling
  • Beneath that dopy somnolence of manner his senses were alert and his eyes were usually the first to see distant game.

    In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
  • I was thinkin of you an gettin kind of dopy when some one says over the fone "This is the General."

    "That's me all over, Mable" | Edward Streeter

British Dictionary definitions for dopey



/ (ˈdəʊpɪ) /

adjectivedopier or dopiest
  1. slang silly

  2. informal half-asleep or in a state of semiconsciousness, as when under the influence of a drug

Derived forms of dopey

  • dopily, adverb
  • dopiness, noun

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