or dop·y

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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.

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

Examples from the Web for dopy

Historical Examples of dopy

  • I have studied every line of old Randall's notes till I'm 'dopy' myself.

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

  • I was thinkin of you an gettin kind of dopy when some one says over the fone "This is the General."

  • 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 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

British Dictionary definitions for 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
Derived Formsdopily, adverbdopiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dopy



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper