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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
  • The jiggling bike and rather thin-edged basket caused the camera to droop, and you can see it being repositioned a few times.
  • Tongues of dark tan sediment droop into the lighter-colored layer below.
  • Bond prices surge on bad economic news and droop when the economy rallies.
  • Telephone wires droop above broad swathes of vacant land.
  • Tulips, tired and randomly arranged, droop from vases on nearby tables.
  • They plod along at a pace that can both raise the tension or droop the eyelids.
  • Its large, glum leaves droop down, away from the sun.
  • The cylindrical fruit spikes usually droop in contrast to the more commonly erect fruit of the other birches.
  • If a camel uses the fat inside the hump, the hump will become limp and droop down.
  • Flowers are about a half inch long and droop down on thin pedicels.
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
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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.

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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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