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or mop·y

[ moh-pee ]


, mop·i·er, mop·i·est.
  1. languishing, listless, droopy, or glum.

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  • mopi·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of mopey1

First recorded in 1820–30; mope + -y 1


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What does mopey mean?

Someone who is mopey lacks vigor or spirit. They might feel glum, discouraged, or joyless.

When your best friend goes away for the summer, leaving you with no one to hang out with and you feel lonely or sad, you might say you feel mopey. You might not want to hang out with your other friends or you may not feel like doing some of your favorite things. Or you might do them, but not with energy or a lot of enjoyment. You’re feeling mopey.

Example: Juan looked pretty mopey after the exam, so I don’t think it went too well.

Where does mopey come from?

The first records of the term mopey come from around the 1820s. It combines the term mope, meaning “to sulk or brood,” and the suffix y, which creates adjectives meaning “characterized by.”

Mopey is sometimes used for situations that make someone sad but that they or others think are minor situations not worth getting so sad about. People will often be called mopey when others believe they are upset for little to no reason. Yet feelings are spontaneous responses. We can’t control how we feel, only how we express our feelings. If you’re feeling mopey, doing something that helps you express your sadness, such as listening to sad music, can help you express your mopiness and move beyond it. Doing something that you enjoy can also help you get through your mopiness.

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  • mopiness (noun)

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How is mopey used in real life?

Mopey is used in casual speech and writing to describe someone who appears listless or sulky.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for mopey?

A. despondent
B. pleased
C. glum
D. morose