mop

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[mop]
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noun
  1. a bundle of coarse yarn, a sponge, or other absorbent material, fastened at the end of a stick or handle for washing floors, dishes, etc.
  2. a thick mass of hair.
  3. a polishing wheel having several layers of cloth secured by a boss.
verb (used with object), mopped, mop·ping.
  1. to rub, wipe, clean, or remove with a mop (often followed by up): to mop up a spill.
  2. to wipe as if with a mop: to mop the face with a handkerchief.
verb (used without object), mopped, mop·ping.
  1. to clean or wipe with or as if with a mop (often followed by up): First he swept, then he mopped up.
Verb Phrases
  1. mop up,
    1. Military.to clear (ground, trenches, towns, etc.) of scattered or remaining enemy combatants after attacking forces have conquered the area.
    2. Informal.to dispose of; complete; finish: He mopped up the rest of his business and went on a vacation.
Idioms
  1. mop the floor with. floor(def 20).

Origin of mop

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1375–1425; earlier map, late Middle English mappe, apocopated variant of mappel < Medieval Latin mappula a cloth, equivalent to Latin mapp(a) napkin + -ula -ule

mop

2
[mop]
verb (used without object), mopped, mop·ping.
  1. to make a disappointed or unhappy face; grimace: an unruly child that mops and mows.
noun
  1. a wry face; grimace.

Origin of mop

2
1560–70; akin to Dutch moppen to pout
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Related Words for mopped

wipe, dab, swab, pat, rub, sponge, wash, dust, polish, squeegee

Examples from the Web for mopped

Contemporary Examples of mopped

  • Only 10 million gallons of oil have been burned off, and an additional 25 million gallons of oil-and-water mix has been mopped up.

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    11 Ways to Save the Gulf

    The Daily Beast

    July 14, 2010

  • She mopped the mess on the floor with a towel, then she rinsed the towel out and hung it up to dry.

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    'Are You Also With Fever?'

    Dr. Abraham Verghese

    February 11, 2009

Historical Examples of mopped

  • He put down the glass, found his handkerchief and mopped his dripping face.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Then he took a handkerchief from his pocket, removed his panama and mopped his forehead.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The gentleman took off his silk hat and mopped his forehead.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • I leaned now against the porte-cochere, and mopped myself vigorously.

  • "No; I cannot understand it," and Pachmann mopped his face again.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for mopped

mop

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noun
  1. an implement with a wooden handle and a head made of twists of cotton or a piece of synthetic sponge, used for polishing or washing floors, or washing dishes
  2. something resembling this, such as a tangle of hair
verb mops, mopping or mopped
  1. (tr often foll by up) to clean or soak up with or as if with a mop
See also mop up

Word Origin for mop

C15 mappe, from earlier mappel, from Medieval Latin mappula cloth, from Latin mappa napkin

mop

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verb mops, mopping or mopped
  1. (intr) to make a grimace or sad expression (esp in the phrase mop and mow)
noun
  1. such a face or expression

Word Origin for mop

C16: perhaps from Dutch moppen to pour; compare Dutch mop pug dog

mop

3
noun
  1. (in various parts of England) an annual fair at which formerly servants were hired

Word Origin for mop

C17: from the practice of servants carrying a mop, broom, or flail, etc, to signify the job sought
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Word Origin and History for mopped

mop

n.

late 15c., mappe "bundle of yarn, etc., fastened to the end of a stick for cleaning or spreading pitch on a ship's decks," from Walloon (French) mappe "napkin," from Latin mappa "napkin" (see map (n.)). Modern spelling by 1660s. Of hair, from 1847.

mop

v.

1709, from mop (n.). Related: Mopped; mopping.

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