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dope

noun \ ˈdōp \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of dope

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
4 a : 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

Examples of dope in a Sentence

  1. They were caught smoking dope.

  2. What a dope he is.

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Origin and Etymology of dope

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

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dope

verb

Definition of dope

doped; doping
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 Weiss
  • It'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.
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

doper

noun

Examples of dope in a Sentence

  1. They tried to dope him.

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First Known Use of dope

1889

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

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dope

adjective

Definition of dope

slang
: excellent used as a generalized term of approval

Examples of dope in a Sentence

  1. That movie was so dope.

  2. Check out this dope new song.

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First Known Use of dope

1981

in the meaning defined above

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DOPE Defined for English Language Learners

dope

Definition of dope for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of dope for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of dope for English Language Learners

  • : great or excellent


DOPE Defined for Kids

dope

noun \ ˈdōp \

Definition of dope for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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dope

noun \ ˈdōp \

medical Definition of dope

1 a : 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

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dope

verb

medical Definition of dope

doped; doping
: to give a narcotic to
: to take dope


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