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verb (used without object)
  1. to sag, sink, bend, or hang down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
  2. to fall into a state of physical weakness; flag; fail.
  3. to lose spirit or courage.
  4. to descend, as the sun; sink.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to let sink or drop: an eagle drooping its wings.
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  1. a sagging, sinking, bending, or hanging down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
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Origin of droop

1300–50; Middle English drupen, drowpen < Old Norse drūpa; akin to drop
Related formsdroop·ing·ly, adverbre·droop, verb (used without object)un·droop·ing, adjective

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Related Words for droop

wilt, slouch, dangle, sag, wither, decline, faint, sling, depress, lean, lop, drop, slump, suspend, loll, flag, settle, bend, fade, subside

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Historical Examples of droop

  • But the tempter came, and from that time she began to droop.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870


  • It is a toss of the head and a droop of the eyes if I say one word of what is in my mind.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The more intense his thinking, the slacker was the droop of his lower jaw.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • As soon as Freya was gone, the flowers began to droop their heads.

  • There was a droop to Evadna's shoulders, and a tremble to her mouth.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for droop


  1. to sag or allow to sag, as from weakness or exhaustion; hang down; sink
  2. (intr) to be overcome by weariness; languish; flag
  3. (intr) to lose courage; become dejected
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  1. the act or state of drooping
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Derived Formsdrooping, adjectivedroopingly, adverb

Word Origin for droop

C13: from Old Norse drūpa; see drop
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Word Origin and History for droop


early 13c., from Old Norse drupa "to drop, sink, hang (the head)," from Proto-Germanic *drup-, from PIE *dhreu-, related to Old English dropian "to drop" (see drip). Related: Drooped; drooping. As a noun, from 1640s.

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