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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 drooped

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

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Contemporary Examples of drooped

Historical Examples of drooped

  • After the marriage of his daughter he for some time moped and drooped.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Miss Mullet drooped a weary eyelid and sighed a hopeless sigh.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Slowly he drooped his head, and sat there considering, weighing, chin on breast.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The two men looked into each other's eyes and Daniel's drooped.


    James Huneker

  • His eyelids were beating rapidly, then drooped for an instant.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for drooped


  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 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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