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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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Examples from the web for moping
  • After moping through three years of downhill album sales, the music business is gleefully toasting a turnaround.
  • If you're the one traveling, explore your new area and make some friends instead of moping around.
  • People around depressives expect them to get themselves together: our society has little room in it for moping.
  • Appropriate humor will help you stop moping so that you can focus on positive action instead.
  • Thoroughly clean all dead storage areas, including wet moping if required.
  • Jersey, spends a year moping when her best friend moves away and her family obsesses about her sister's upcoming wedding.
British Dictionary definitions for moping

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 moping

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 moping

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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