WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), moped, mop·ing. to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood. verb (used with object), moped, mop·ing. to make dejected, listless, or apathetic. noun a person who mopes or is given to moping. mopes, depressed spirits; blues. Origin of mope
First recorded in
mop 2 Related forms mop·er, noun mop·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for moper verb (intr) to be gloomy or apathetic there's no time to mope to move or act in an aimless way he moped around the flat Derived Forms moper, noun mopy, adjective Word Origin for mope
C16: perhaps from obsolete
mope fool and related to mop ²
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Word Origin and History for moper v.
1560s, "to move and act unconsciously;" 1580s, "to be listless and apathetic," the sound of the word perhaps somehow suggestive of low feelings (cf. Low German
mopen "to sulk," Dutch moppen "to grumble, to grouse," Danish maabe, dialectal Swedish mopa "to mope"). Related: Moped; moping; mopey; mopish.
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