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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
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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Examples for drooping
  • drooping prices have helped cosmetic surgery to move into the mainstream.
  • Even a year later, the sight of drooping dogwood flowers triggers a sense of dread.
  • drooping is more difficult to detect when it occurs on both sides, or if there is only a slight problem.
  • Marlon pauses for a moment, and then pulls a forlorn, drooping face.
  • Celery keeps for weeks, but a lot of drooping stalks still get thrown away.
  • No more frustrated stares, drooping shoulders or tentative knee bends.
British Dictionary definitions for drooping

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 drooping
droop
c.1300, from O.N. drupa "to drop," from P.Gmc. *drup-, from PIE *dhreub, related to O.E. dropian "to drop." Related: Drooping.
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Slang definitions & phrases for drooping

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.
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