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intransitive verb

dopped; dopped; dopping; dops
obsolete : to sink abruptly beneath the surface of water : dive
obsolete : to duck the head or suddenly lower the body : curtsy


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noun (1)

plural -s
: a dip especially of head or body : curtsy


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noun (2)

variants or less commonly dopp
plural -s
: a device in which a diamond or other gemstone is held while being cut


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transitive verb

dopped; dopped; dopping; dops
: to fasten (as a diamond) in a dop usually with a cement


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noun (3)

plural -s
: a brandy of southern Africa similar to French marc and made from the distilled residue of grapes after pressing


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developing-out paper

Word History


Intransitive verb

Middle English doppen; akin to Old English dūfedoppa pelican, doppettan to plunge in, immerse, Middle Dutch doppen to dip into, dop, doppe shell, goblet, pot, Middle High German topf pot, Old High German topfo dot, Old English dyppan to dip

Noun (2)

Dutch, from Middle Dutch dop, doppe shell, goblet, pot

Noun (3)

Afrikaans, literally, husk, from Middle Dutch dop, doppe husk, shell, goblet, pot

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“Dop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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