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[droop] /drup/
verb (used without object)
to sag, sink, bend, or hang down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
to fall into a state of physical weakness; flag; fail.
to lose spirit or courage.
to descend, as the sun; sink.
verb (used with object)
to let sink or drop:
an eagle drooping its wings.
a sagging, sinking, bending, or hanging down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
Origin of droop
1300-50; Middle English drupen, drowpen < Old Norse drūpa; akin to drop
Related forms
droopingly, adverb
redroop, verb (used without object)
undrooping, adjective
1. flag, languish. 2. weaken, decline, faint, wilt, wither, fade. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for droop
Historical Examples
  • Stefan noticed it, and she braced herself by an effort, only to droop again.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • It is a toss of the head and a droop of the eyes if I say one word of what is in my mind.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Some droop, others spread horizontally, while others still are more or less erect.

    Arbor Day Leaves N.H. Egleston
  • The more intense his thinking, the slacker was the droop of his lower jaw.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The droop of the head and even her back showed this, as I, who rode a little behind and on side of her, could see.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • My strength and appetite suddenly deserted me, and I began to pine and droop.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • But the sun's warm rays made it droop, and as it had no root, in a few days it was all dried up.

  • Marcia lets hers droop, and does this time manage a faint color.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Permission was graciously accorded, and, depositing the phonograph, droop hurried back to get his records.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • The most beautiful flowers must soon fade and droop and die.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
British Dictionary definitions for droop


to sag or allow to sag, as from weakness or exhaustion; hang down; sink
(intransitive) to be overcome by weariness; languish; flag
(intransitive) to lose courage; become dejected
the act or state of drooping
Derived Forms
drooping, adjective
droopingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse drūpa; see drop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for droop

early 13c., from Old Norse drupa "to drop, sink, hang (the head)," from Proto-Germanic *drup-, from PIE *dhreu-, related to Old English dropian "to drop" (see drip). Related: Drooped; drooping. As a noun, from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for droop



A somewhat dull and stupid person: He's such a droop, he can't even discuss the weather intelligently (1930s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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