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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 of mope
1560-1570
1560-70; variant of mop2
Related forms
moper, noun
mopingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for moping
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  • Why ain't you riding in the park with Helen, instead of moping in this dark room?

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • He was not moping—only weakly and even when looking a little sad, was quite happy.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • And as to behavior, it was not that it was either quarrelsome or moping, but simply unlike the rest.

    Jackanapes Juliana Horatio Ewing
  • For one thing, there was plenty of hard work to keep my mind from moping.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • She knew that the girl was, to use her own expression, "moping quite prodigiously for that Mr. Carr."

    The Black Moth Georgette Heyer
  • I couldn't help him none, and he went away, moping and miserable.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But Winton knew well that she was moping, and cherishing some feeling against himself.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • It has been a glorious day and, if you had come in moping, I should have given you up as hopeless.

  • That will be more agreeable than moping in this gloomsome cavern.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
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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