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verb (used without object), moped, mop·ing.
  1. to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.
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verb (used with object), moped, mop·ing.
  1. to make dejected, listless, or apathetic.
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  1. a person who mopes or is given to moping.
  2. mopes, depressed spirits; blues.
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Origin of mope

First recorded in 1560–70; variant of mop2
Related formsmop·er, nounmop·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for moper


verb (intr)
  1. to be gloomy or apatheticthere's no time to mope
  2. to move or act in an aimless wayhe moped around the flat
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  1. a gloomy person
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See also mopes
Derived Formsmoper, nounmopy, adjective

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from obsolete mope fool and related to mop ²
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Word Origin and History for moper



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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