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pooped

or pooped out

[poopt or poopt out]
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adjective Informal.
  1. fatigued; exhausted: I'm too pooped to go shopping today.
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Origin of pooped

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; poop2 + -ed2

poop1

[poop]
noun
  1. a superstructure at the stern of a vessel.
  2. poop deck.
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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.
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Origin of poop1

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

poop2

[poop]
verb (used with object) Slang.
  1. to cause to become out of breath or fatigued; exhaust: Climbing that mountain pooped the whole group.
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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.
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Origin of poop2

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

poop4

[poop]Slang.
noun
  1. excrement.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to defecate.
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Origin of poop4

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
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Related Words

beat, bushed, drained, drooping, drowsy, enervated, exhausted, fatigued, overworked, run-down, shot, sleepy, spent, wasted, weary, dog-tired, fried

Examples from the Web for pooped

Historical Examples

  • And we can't run before such a sea as this, in our condition; we should be pooped in less than five minutes.

    By Rock and Pool on an Austral Shore, and Other Stories

    Louis Becke

  • Always carry enough sail to keep the boat racing with the waves, or you are liable to get pooped.

    On Yacht Sailing

    Thomas Fleming Day

  • If we had n't set all sail on her, she 'd have been pooped to a certainty; and I can tell you I was in a rare fright, too.

  • In running off carefully tend your helm, and keep the vessel moving, or you may get pooped.

  • High-bowed and pooped, and curved like the crescent moon, it was the strangest craft that he had ever seen.


British Dictionary definitions for pooped

poop1

noun
  1. a raised structure at the stern of a vessel, esp a sailing ship
  2. See poop deck
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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
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Word Origin

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

poop2

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
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Word Origin

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

poop3

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

of unknown origin

poop4

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

perhaps related to poop ²
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Word Origin and History for pooped

adj.

"tired," 1931, of unknown origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of heavy breathing from exhaustion (cf. poop (n.2)). But poop, poop out were used in 1920s in aviation, of an engine, "to die." Also there is a verb poop, of ships, "to be overwhelmed by a wave from behind," often with catastrophic consequences (see poop (n.1)); hence in figurative nautical use, "to be overcome and defeated" (attested in 1920s).

It is an easy thing to "run"; the difficulty is to know when to stop. There is always the possibility of being "pooped," which simply means being overtaken by a mountain of water and crushed into the depths out of harm's way for good and all. [Ralph Stock, "The Cruise of the Dream Ship," 1921]
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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.

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poop

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.

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poop

n.3

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

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poop

v.

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

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