adjective, verb (used with or without object), oped, op·ing. Literary.

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Examples from the Web for opes

Historical Examples of opes

  • Then I 'opes ye'll be sent to a 'formatory an' kep' there for the next five year.

    Her Benny

    Silas Kitto Hocking

  • But as soon as one has found the key of life, "it opes the gates of death."

  • "I 'opes the wind'll play the Old 'Arry with it," he smiled to himself.

    The Imitator

    Percival Pollard

  • The servants 'opes, ma'am, they can have permission to witness the ceremony.

    The Chainbearer

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • I 'opes as you're pleased with all the work, sir; everything satisfactory, sir.'

British Dictionary definitions for opes


verb, adjective

an archaic or poetic word for open
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Word Origin and History for opes



short for open (adj.), early 13c. "not closed; not hidden;" originally as awake is from awaken, etc. As a verb from mid-15c. Middle English had ope-head "bare-headed" (c.1300).

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