dope

noun
\ˈdōp \

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 out The 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

dope

adjective

Definition of dope (Entry 3 of 3)

slang

: excellent used as a generalized term of approval

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Other Words from dope

Verb

doper noun

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

At the time of this writing, the Kickstarter is just on the edge of funding, so these dope little wooden Transformers will almost certainly come bursting into the real world. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Adorable Wooden Transformers Make Old-School Toys Look Cool Again," 24 Nov. 2015 And, for the record, Aries are extremely good at taking selfies, tend to be highly photogenic, and will have a dope ass online profile. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 This show will pull you in with its noir vibe, dope soundtracks and nods to black culture, history and pride. Trenesha N Striggles, azcentral, "Here's the shows you should binge-watch while it's hot outside," 27 June 2018 Happy birthday to this lovely Australian @jacobelordi Who is not only my boyfriend but my hella dope best friend. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "The Kissing Booth" Star Joey King," 25 May 2018 Fox News to whine about the unfair bias by throwing shade at Black Lives Matter, dope boys and everything black. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "9 things about Diamond and Silk: Why Facebook says Trump-loving sisters are 'unsafe' | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 Federal planners want the National Guard troops to aid Customs and Border Protection agents crack down on unauthorized immigration and illicit dope smuggling. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The plan's still fuzzy, but Pentagon lurches to deploy troops to the border," 7 Apr. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to have pretty much everything — a picture-perfect relationship, a dream wedding on the horizon, and dope house, etc. Emma Baty, Cosmopolitan, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Officially Have Their Own Wedding Beer," 14 Mar. 2018 One of the most famous actors in the world is now smoking dope with a writer and his lawyer while his cook makes dinner and his bodyguards watch television. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Johnny Depp: We Are Concerned," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Russia is the most diabolical sports doping power on the planet. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Don't let Russia's World Cup success obscure history of cheating," 2 July 2018 The race has encountered mushers unhappy with a personal-conduct rule that includes a gag rule, criticism over dead dogs and dog care, the loss of sponsors and a dog-doping scandal involving Dallas Seavey, who subsequently skipped the 2018 race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "28 mushers enter 2019 Iditarod, the smallest first-day signup this century," 1 July 2018 David Zabriskie also won a prologue on his debut in 2005 but was later stripped of the victory for admitting to doping. Joseph Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria wins first stage of Tour de France," 7 July 2018 Noteworthy: Midfielder Sergio Pena was cut to make room for Guerrero, the team captain who doping ban was temporarily lifted last week. Matt Bonesteel, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup teams unveil their final 23-man squads," 4 June 2018 Landis, who also doped during his cycling career and was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title, will receive $1.1 million of the government’s $5 million. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "Lance Armstrong Settles Federal Fraud Case for $5 Million," 19 Apr. 2018 Still, a country already caught operating a massive doping scheme apparently doped again. Sean Gregory/pyeongchang, Time, "An Olympic Doping Scandal in Curling — Yes, Curling — Could Have Big Consequences for Russia," 20 Feb. 2018 Froome, who was cleared of doping allegations last week by the International Cycling Union, has been jeered by some skeptical fans since arriving in France. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Gaviria beats Sagan again to claim 2nd Tour win on Stage 4," 10 July 2018 Froome, who was cleared of doping allegations last week by the International Cycling Union, has been jeered by some skeptical fans since arriving in France. Joseph Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 4 of Tour de France," 10 July 2018

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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More Definitions for dope

dope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an illegal drug (such as marijuana or heroin)

: a stupid or annoying person

the dope : information about someone or something that is not commonly or immediately known

dope

verb

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

: 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

dope

adjective

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

: great or excellent

dope

noun
\ˈdōp \

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 \

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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