poop

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[poop]
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verb (used with object)
  1. (of a wave) to break over the stern of (a ship).
  2. to take (seas) over the stern.

Origin of poop

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1375–1425; late Middle English pouppe < Middle French < Latin puppis stern of a ship

poop

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[poop]
verb (used with object) Slang.
  1. to cause to become out of breath or fatigued; exhaust: Climbing that mountain pooped the whole group.
Verb Phrases
  1. poop out,
    1. to cease from or fail in something, as from fear or exhaustion: When the time for action came, they all pooped out and went home instead.
    2. to break down; stop functioning: The heater has pooped out again.

Origin of poop

2
First recorded in 1885–90; perhaps to be identified with poop4

poop

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[poop]
noun Slang.
  1. relevant information, especially a candid or pertinent factual report; low-down: Send a reporter to get the real poop on that accident.

Origin of poop

3
1945–50, Americanism; apparently extracted from poop sheet; cf. poop4

poop

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[poop]Slang.
verb (used without object)
  1. to defecate.

Origin of poop

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1735–45; earlier “to break wind,” probably the same word as Middle English powpen, popen to sound or blow a horn; uncertain if poop2, poop3 are sense developments or parallel expressive coinages

poop

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[poop]
noun Slang.
  1. party pooper.
  2. a stupid, fussy, or boring person.

Origin of poop

5
First recorded in 1910–15; perhaps shortening of nincompoop
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British Dictionary definitions for poop

poop

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noun
  1. a raised structure at the stern of a vessel, esp a sailing ship
  2. See poop deck
verb
  1. (tr) (of a wave or sea) to break over the stern of (a vessel)
  2. (intr) (of a vessel) to ship a wave or sea over the stern, esp repeatedly

Word Origin for poop

C15: from Old French pupe, from Latin puppis poop, ship's stern

poop

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verb US and Canadian slang
  1. (tr; usually passive) to cause to become exhausted; tirehe was pooped after the race
  2. (intr usually foll by out) to give up or fail, esp through tirednesshe pooped out of the race

Word Origin for poop

C14 poupen to blow, make a sudden sound, perhaps of imitative origin

poop

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noun
  1. US and Canadian slang
    1. information; the facts
    2. (as modifier)a poop sheet

Word Origin for poop

of unknown origin

poop

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verb (intr)
  1. to defecate
noun
  1. faeces; excrement

Word Origin for poop

perhaps related to poop ²
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Word Origin and History for poop
n.1

"stern deck of a ship," c.1400, from Middle French poupe "stern of a ship" (14c.), from Old Provençal or Italian poppa, from Latin puppis "poop, stern," of uncertain origin. Poop deck attested by 1779.

n.2

"excrement," 1744, a children's euphemism, probably of imitative origin. The verb in this sense is from 1903. Cf. the same word in the sense "to break wind softly," attested from 1721, earlier "to make a short blast on a horn" (late 14c.). Meaning "stupid or dull person" is from 1915. Pooper-scooper attested from 1970.

n.3

"up-to-date information," 1941, in poop sheet, U.S. Army slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from poop (n.2).

v.

"become tired," 1931, of unknown origin (see pooped). Related: Pooping.

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