[ ohp ]


, Literary.
, oped, op·ing.


/ əʊp /


  1. an archaic or poetic word for open
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Example Sentences

A spokesman affirmed: “This meeting, like most OPE meetings, is closed to press and off the record.”

In vaginismo hysterico et in aliis casibus insanabilibus intromissio fieri potest ope chloroformi ad evitandum divortium.

The skipper yawned, put out his tongue, Then ope'd his eyes in wondrous haste, And then upon the floor he sprung!

You were born for a mansion, an' I 'ope you'll always 'ave one to live in.'

And Hi 'ope that Dobbs 'as given ample proof to Bobbs that ee his deservin' of 'is confidence.

I 'ope you won't think me troublesome, sir, if I tells you 'ow matters are between Mrs. Crofton and my 'usband?


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More About Ope

What does ope mean? 

In casual usage, ope is an interjection used to express surprise or to alert someone, as in Ope, didn’t mean to bump into you!

The word ope is considered a Midwestern slang term that’s closely related to oops or whoops. Spill some coffee on your shirt? Ope! You’re going to have to change shirts. Drop something while you’re cooking? Ope! Can’t eat that. Bump into someone on the subway? Ope! My bad! 

Even though ope is known as Midwestern slang, usage has spread to other parts of the country as well. 

Ope is also an archaic word meaning “open” and was especially used in poetry and other literature. For example, it appears in William Shakespeare’s play The Life and Death of King John. In Act II, a citizen says to King John, “The mouth of passage shall we fling wide ope, / And give you entrance.” Today, this use of ope is rare. 

Example: Ope, let me scooch right by ya real quick!

Where does ope come from?

The first records of the term ope meaning “oops” are unknown, and it’s not clear where it originated from. It’s popularly used in the Midwest, as well as other places in the US.

The first records of the term ope meaning “open” come from around the 1270s. It’s a shortening of the term open, meaning “not closed.”

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How is ope used in real life?

The word ope is most often used in casual conversations to mean “oops.” It’s especially common among Midwesterners. 



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Is ope used correctly in the following sentence?

“Ope! Congratulations on your job promotion!”




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