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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 drooping
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  • Oh, that God would increase our numbers and so revive our drooping faith!

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • "It clears Alan," he said, seeking furtively for a look into the drooping face.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Mahmuds voice was low, submissive; but through the drooping lids a gleam shone forth that never came from sunlight or from sea.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • They had drawn close to one another, and stood there rigid in their drooping skirts.

  • The little nose pressed closer and kissed the drooping eyelids until they opened.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon
  • Women and girls were there, cowed and drooping, with torn garments and bare feet.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • He fanned himself vigorously with his drooping hat while he talked.

  • She glanced at him from beneath her drooping lashes, and saw his jaws set tense.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • John slid off and waved a hand at the drooping beast, then began to unsaddle him.

  • But there stood the snow-child, drooping, before the hot stove!

British Dictionary definitions for drooping


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 drooping



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 drooping



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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