- 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.
- a thick mass of hair.
- a polishing wheel having several layers of cloth secured by a boss.
- to rub, wipe, clean, or remove with a mop (often followed by up): to mop up a spill.
- to wipe as if with a mop: to mop the face with a handkerchief.
- to clean or wipe with or as if with a mop (often followed by up): First he swept, then he mopped up.
- mop up,
- Military.to clear (ground, trenches, towns, etc.) of scattered or remaining enemy combatants after attacking forces have conquered the area.
- Informal.to dispose of; complete; finish: He mopped up the rest of his business and went on a vacation.
- mop the floor with. floor(def 20).
Origin of mop1
- to make a disappointed or unhappy face; grimace: an unruly child that mops and mows.
- a wry face; grimace.
Origin of mop2
Examples from the Web for mopping
There was some mopping up to do, particularly to convince waverers in the Jewish community.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington
J. J. Goldberg
August 20, 2013
Irizarry spent the morning mopping the floors—“it still smells like fish everywhere,” she said—and taking stock.Residents in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Assess the Damage After Sandy
October 31, 2012
Typical Post-y puns decried how custodians were “mopping up” and “cleaning us out.”The $140,000 Janitors
Azriel James Relph
November 24, 2010
He recognized K., and, mopping dry a part of the porch, shoved a chair on it.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Women were fanning themselves and men were mopping their foreheads.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The little man had dropped down on to a stone, and was mopping his forehead.The Shadow of a Crime
"Not at all," said Peter, mopping the perspiration from his forehead.The Vagrant Duke
He closed the door, and, mopping his injured nose, invited Annette to a seat.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- 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
- something resembling this, such as a tangle of hair
- (tr often foll by up) to clean or soak up with or as if with a mop
- (intr) to make a grimace or sad expression (esp in the phrase mop and mow)
- such a face or expression
- (in various parts of England) an annual fair at which formerly servants were hired
Word Origin and History for mopping
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.
1709, from mop (n.). Related: Mopped; mopping.