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droop

[droop]
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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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noun
  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

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Examples from the Web for drooping

Historical Examples

  • "It clears Alan," he said, seeking furtively for a look into the drooping face.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Life is a hearty and vigorous movement to them, not a drooping slouch.

  • To which she replied, drooping her head again, that she shouldn't dance that night.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • He was so acute that he must be aware of the drooping of their intimacy.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • This was Weaver speaking, a small, wiry man with a drooping moustache.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan


British Dictionary definitions for drooping

droop

verb
  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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noun
  1. the act or state of drooping
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Derived Formsdrooping, adjectivedroopingly, adverb

Word Origin

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

droop

v.

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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