dope

noun
\ ˈdōp How to pronounce dope (audio) \

Definition of dope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 informal : a stupid person I think fast drivers are dopes.— Randy Wayne White … people are promised windfall profits from can't-miss investments—to be paid, when they are paid at all, only out of money collected from subsequent dopes and dupes.— David Margolick
2 informal
a : an illicit drug (such as heroin or cocaine) used for its intoxicating or euphoric effects especially : marijuana smoking dope
b : a preparation (such as an anabolic steroid, diuretic, or tranquilizer) given to a racehorse to help or hinder its performance
3 informal : information especially from a reliable source the inside dope on a celebrity's new romance
4a : a thick liquid or pasty preparation Apply a small amount of pipe dope or Teflon tape to the threads of the adapter …— Michael J. McGroarty
b : a preparation for giving a desired quality to a substance or surface She … would also glue the canvas over the frames of the planes and then use "dope," a special type of lacquer to harden the body of the plane.Washington (Indiana) Times-Herald
c : absorbent or adsorbent material used in various manufacturing processes (such as the making of dynamite) A dynamite's strength and its water resistance are determined by the dopes—the particular dry ingredients that are combined with the nitroglycerin.— Bryan Di Salvatore
5 chiefly Southern : a cola drink

dope

verb
doped; doping

Definition of dope (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 informal
a : to give a narcotic or intoxicating drug to It was only when doped with scopolamine that he got any rest.— Robert McAlmon and Kay Boyle
b : to surreptitiously put a sedating drug into What does the murder have to do with the phone-date service he was investigating when someone doped his drink?— Marilyn Stasio
c : to administer a drug to (a horse) to help or hinder performance in a race Francis rode a doped horse once. The animal … ran right through the first hurdle, throwing Francis, and veered off into the woods nearby, where it was finally captured hours later.— Bill Barich
2 informal : figure out usually used with outThe following day I returned and spent some time trying to dope out the trails the deer was using.— John WeissIt's hard to dope out what, exactly, flavors the lemony, faintly soyish marinade that powers the excellent barbecued chicken …— Sam Sifton
3 : to treat with dope or a dopant The airfoil leading edge and ribs are fiberglass moldings, and the skin, as on early airplanes, is fabric doped to drum-tightness.— David Scott We developed a method to dope semiconductor nanocrystals with metal impurities, enabling control of the band gap …— David Mocatta et al.

intransitive verb

1 informal : to take an intoxicating drug
2 informal : to use a performance-enhancing substance typically banned for use in sports A week after that surreal scene, Danish hero Bjarne Riis admitted that he'd doped to win the 1996 Tour France Riis …— Austin Murphy

Definition of dope (Entry 3 of 3)

slang
: excellent used as a generalized term of approval

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Examples of dope in a Sentence

Noun They were caught smoking dope. What a dope he is. Verb They tried to dope him. Adjective That movie was so dope. Check out this dope new song.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bill Clinton was annoyed with John Major because Conservative activists publicised his dope-smoking at Oxford. The Economist, "What Joe Biden means for Boris Johnson," 24 Oct. 2020 Ex: here's Hailey yesterday, looking dope as sh*t in a pair of octagonal wire frames. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Hailey Baldwin's Ray-Bans Are, Like, REALLY Cheap for Prime Day Today," 14 Oct. 2020 All that doesn't even include all of the dope beauty moments created by an amazing team of makeup artists, nail artists, and hairstylists like Priscilla Ono, Scott Osbourne Jr., Hector Espinal, Yusef, and so many more. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "The Savage x Fenty Vol 2 Show Proves Mullets Are Cool Again," 2 Oct. 2020 Later, with Elena gone, Ashley finds Maeve in bed with a man, smoking dope. Nick Schager, EW.com, "The Boys recap: Dads say the darndest things," 2 Oct. 2020 There are so many women playing major roles already and releasing dope music. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Alison Wonderland: Australian Producer Talks Advising Fans Through DMs & Meeting Billy Corgan," 1 Oct. 2020 Ali introduced his rope-a-dope tactic during the bout, leaning on the ropes and allowing Foreman to tire himself out from throwing punches. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Pistons' Thon Maker is taking cues from Muhammad Ali ahead of contract year," 30 Sep. 2020 Young men smoke dope and flash large automatic weapons in front of the camera. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: FBG Duck brought a street fight between the ‘have-nots’ into the turf controlled by the ‘haves’," 18 Sep. 2020 In a buy-and-bust, an undercover officer pretends to be a dope-sick buyer. Sergio De La Pava, Harper's Magazine, "On Defense," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Armstrong then confessed to doping in January 2013. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Lance Armstrong documentary on ESPN ends with moral contrast to his son, martyr-like speech," 1 June 2020 The author of this open letter to baseball is Jonathan Vaughters, a former professional cyclist on teams including the United States Postal Service with Lance Armstrong, who admitted to doping in 2012. Jonathan Vaughters, WSJ, "An Open Letter to Baseball From Professional Cycling," 14 Feb. 2020 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued the ban because of RUSADA's failure to cooperate fully during probes into doping in Russian sport. Ben Church, CNN, "Russia to appeal against four-year doping ban," 19 Dec. 2019 Rupp earned the win with his new coach, Mike Smith, after former coach Alberto Salazar received a four-year doping ban in 2019. Charles Odum, BostonGlobe.com, "Galen Rupp, Aliphine Tuliamuk win Olympic marathon trials," 29 Feb. 2020 Justin Gatlin has been around forever, winning the 100m dash all the way back in 2004 in Athens, and is also well-known for serving a four-year doping ban from 2006-2010. SI.com, "One Year Out: What to Watch Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 24 July 2019 None of the rules Salazar was found to have broken involved intentionally doping athletes. oregonlive, "Shannon Rowbury is undaunted by the coronavirus or Olympics postponement: Oregon track & field rundown," 25 Mar. 2020 The group is among those that have been lobbying for the Horseracing Integrity Act, which would create a national anti-doping authority for race horses similar to that for Olympic athletes. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "Horse’s death at Laurel Park renews calls for racing industry reform," 22 Nov. 2019 Eichner also works with MLB on their anti-doping testing. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB employees to be subjects of country's largest COVID-19 antibody study," 14 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The bride tries to find the most dramatic place to put that sucker so the wedding pics look dope-as-hell. Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "What the New Fifty Shades Freed Teaser Answers About Ana's Wedding," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dope

Noun

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Verb

1889, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Adjective

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dope

Noun

Dutch doop sauce, from dopen to dip; akin to Old English dyppan to dip

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Last Updated

26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dope. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for dope

dope

noun
How to pronounce dope (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal
: an illegal drug (such as marijuana or heroin)
: a stupid or annoying person
: information about someone or something that is not commonly or immediately known

dope

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dope (Entry 2 of 3)

informal
: to give a drug to (a person or animal) especially to cause unconsciousness
: to put a drug in (something, such as food or a drink) to make a person or animal unconscious

English Language Learners Definition of dope (Entry 3 of 3)

US slang : great or excellent

dope

noun
\ ˈdōp How to pronounce dope (audio) \

Kids Definition of dope

1 : an illegal drug
2 : a stupid person
3 : information What's the dope on the new kid?

dope

noun
\ ˈdōp How to pronounce dope (audio) \

Medical Definition of dope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a preparation of an illicit, habit-forming, or narcotic drug (as opium, heroin, or marijuana)
b : a preparation given to a racehorse to help or hinder its performance
2 : a narcotic addict

dope

verb
doped; doping

Medical Definition of dope (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a narcotic to

intransitive verb

: to take dope

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