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[doh-pee] /ˈdoʊ pi/
adjective, dopier, dopiest. Informal.
stupid; inane:
It was rather dopey of him to lock himself out.
sluggish or befuddled from or as from the use of narcotics or alcohol.
Also, dopy.
1895-1900, Americanism; dope + -y1
Related forms
dopiness, dopeyness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dopey
  • What's really dopey is that they want more for the digital subscription than for the print.
  • Obviously, doing the dopey funny films is his main cash source.
  • Animals who feel secure and happy are dopey and relaxed.
  • But they released the teaser before the screenings, which was dopey and exactly opposite of the plan.
  • The film is simply dopey, devoid of interest, and boring.
British Dictionary definitions for dopey


adjective dopier, dopiest
(slang) silly
(informal) half-asleep or in a state of semiconsciousness, as when under the influence of a drug
Derived Forms
dopily, adverb
dopiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dopey

1896, from dope (n.) + -y (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for dopey


  1. Stuporous, esp from narcotic intoxication: I was dopy after they gave me the shot
  2. Stupid; idiotic: Most movies are written for women in their 20s and 30s, and these are sort of dopey parts

[1896+; fr dope; the word has also meant ''a thief 's or beggar's woman'' since at least the 1850s, and this may in some minds have influenced the modern senses]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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