[ droop ]
/ drup /

verb (used without object)

to sag, sink, bend, or hang down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
to fall into a state of physical weakness; flag; fail.
to lose spirit or courage.
to descend, as the sun; sink.

verb (used with object)

to let sink or drop: an eagle drooping its wings.


a sagging, sinking, bending, or hanging down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.

Nearby words

  1. droog,
  2. drook,
  3. drookit,
  4. drool,
  5. drooly,
  6. droop nose,
  7. droopy,
  8. drop,
  9. drop a bombshell,
  10. drop a brick

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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British Dictionary definitions for drooped


/ (druːp) /


to sag or allow to sag, as from weakness or exhaustion; hang down; sink
(intr) to be overcome by weariness; languish; flag
(intr) to lose courage; become dejected


the act or state of drooping
Derived Formsdrooping, adjectivedroopingly, adverb

Word Origin for droop

C13: from Old Norse drūpa; see drop

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Word Origin and History for drooped



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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