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droop

[droop] /drup/
verb (used without object)
1.
to sag, sink, bend, or hang down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
2.
to fall into a state of physical weakness; flag; fail.
3.
to lose spirit or courage.
4.
to descend, as the sun; sink.
verb (used with object)
5.
to let sink or drop:
an eagle drooping its wings.
noun
6.
a sagging, sinking, bending, or hanging down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support.
Origin of droop
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English drupen, drowpen < Old Norse drūpa; akin to drop
Related forms
droopingly, adverb
redroop, verb (used without object)
undrooping, adjective
Synonyms
1. flag, languish. 2. weaken, decline, faint, wilt, wither, fade.
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  • In the cab she drooped against him with a simplicity of exhaustion that was full, too, of content.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • After the marriage of his daughter he for some time moped and drooped.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The patient captain, drooped over the water-jar, was sometimes obliged to speak to the oarsman.

  • The two men looked into each other's eyes and Daniel's drooped.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • There came rumors of war, and the wings of the glad-hued year drooped sadly.

  • His eyelids were beating rapidly, then drooped for an instant.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • While he held her hands, she drooped her head till it touched his shoulder.

    A Dozen Ways Of Love Lily Dougall
  • I must say this subtle flattery did not raise my drooped spirits.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • He stopped instantly, drew one hindleg up, stood on three legs, and drooped his head as if he had come from the ends of the world.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
British Dictionary definitions for drooped

droop

/druːp/
verb
1.
to sag or allow to sag, as from weakness or exhaustion; hang down; sink
2.
(intransitive) to be overcome by weariness; languish; flag
3.
(intransitive) to lose courage; become dejected
noun
4.
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 drooped

droop

v.

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 drooped

droop

noun

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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