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mope

[mohp] /moʊp/
verb (used without object), moped, moping.
1.
to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.
verb (used with object), moped, moping.
2.
to make dejected, listless, or apathetic.
noun
3.
a person who mopes or is given to moping.
4.
mopes, depressed spirits; blues.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; variant of mop2
Related forms
moper, noun
mopingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for mopes

mopes

/məʊps/
plural noun
1.
the mopes, low spirits

mope

/məʊp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to be gloomy or apathetic: there's no time to mope
2.
to move or act in an aimless way: he moped around the flat
noun
3.
a gloomy person
See also mopes
Derived Forms
moper, noun
mopy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from obsolete mope fool and related to mop²
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Word Origin and History for mopes

mope

v.

1560s, "to move and act unconsciously;" 1580s, "to be listless and apathetic," the sound of the word perhaps somehow suggestive of low feelings (cf. Low German mopen "to sulk," Dutch moppen "to grumble, to grouse," Danish maabe, dialectal Swedish mopa "to mope"). Related: Moped; moping; mopey; mopish.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mopes

mope

noun
  1. A stupid person; fool; boob: They weren't a bunch of mopes/ make it easy for regular mopes to use the Internet (1540+)
  2. A criminal; suspect; perp (1980s+ Police)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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