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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.

  1. to lose spirit or courage.

  2. to descend, as the sun; sink.

verb (used with object)
  1. to let sink or drop: an eagle drooping its wings.

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

Origin of droop

1300–50; Middle English drupen,drowpen<Old Norse drūpa; akin to drop

Other words for droop

Other words from droop

  • droop·ing·ly, adverb
  • re·droop, verb (used without object)
  • un·droop·ing, adjective

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How to use droop in a sentence

  • "The first clue was my landing time," says Jenna, her eyelids already drooping after one hit.

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  • On the other hand, it has restored drooping public support in allied countries for the idea of allying with Washington.

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  • When it was his turn to speak he was dull and off-form, his eyes drooping with fatigue.

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  • Mrs. Haight regarded the radiant young hostess with a malignant stare, prudently veiled by drooping lids.

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  • The draught invigorated Marius, it cheered Tressan's drooping spirits, and it quenched the Dowager's thirst.

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  • His shoulders were drooping forward, his head was bowed, and his face was heavy with grief.

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  • No drooping Clytie could be more constant than I to him who strikes the chord that is responsive in my soul.

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  • He looked up as a middle-aged man with a drooping mustache approached.

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British Dictionary definitions for droop


/ (druːp) /

  1. to sag or allow to sag, as from weakness or exhaustion; hang down; sink

  2. (intr) to be overcome by weariness; languish; flag

  1. (intr) to lose courage; become dejected

  1. the act or state of drooping

Origin of droop

C13: from Old Norse drūpa; see drop

Derived forms of droop

  • drooping, adjective
  • droopingly, adverb

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