mope

[ mohp ]
/ moʊp /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. mop up the floor with,
  2. mop-up,
  3. mopani,
  4. mopani worm,
  5. mopboard,
  6. moped,
  7. mopery,
  8. mopes,
  9. mopey,
  10. mopish

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 mopes

mopes

/ (məʊps) /

pl n

the mopes low spirits

mope

/ (məʊp) /

verb (intr)

to be gloomy or apatheticthere's no time to mope
to move or act in an aimless wayhe moped around the flat

noun

a gloomy person
See also mopes

Derived Formsmoper, nounmopy, 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 mopes

mope

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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