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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.

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Origin of mope

First recorded in 1560–70; variant of mop2

OTHER WORDS FROM mope

moper, nounmop·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for mope

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 forms of mope

moper, nounmopy, adjective

Word Origin for mope

C16: perhaps from obsolete mope fool and related to mop ²
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