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 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

That’s when words like dope, grass, pot, weed, tea, and reefer became popular. Laura M. Holson, BostonGlobe.com, "Marijuana, reefer, weed: How language keeps evolving for the devil’s lettuce," 8 July 2019 At Essence Festival, ladies (and gentleman) took this very seriously, coming out with their nails just as dope as their outfits. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Essence Festival Goers Were Serious About Their Nail Bling," 7 July 2019 One such young troublemaker, a dope thief named Brett Glasby, became the prime suspect after his death in Mexico, though no physical evidence was ever found linking him to the multiple slayings. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Closing in on DeAngelo (Part Four)," 23 June 2019 Naperville North defenders Reilly Riggs, Emily Magee, Paige Sylvester and Kaitlyn Castillo weren’t alive when boxer Muhammad Ali used his famous rope-a-dope strategy to regain the world heavyweight title. Matt Le Cren, Naperville Sun, "Title defense: Naperville North stuns Barrington in PKs for state championship after going without a shot in regulation, OT," 4 June 2019 Now, being asked to print and deposit a large check from an unknown individual who exhibited some very peculiar linguistic quirks gave my brain the dope-slap needed to persuade it to pay full attention to the situation. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam," 2 June 2019 The first shoe to use this new 3D-printing tech is aesthetically outstanding (seriously, these are some dope-looking kicks). Jake Woolf, GQ, "Nike’s New Flyprint Sneaker Is as Cool as It Is Extremely Confusing," 18 Apr. 2018 With the Detroit collective Doughboyz Cashout, the west side rapper raised Dior Giovanni Petty built a name with raw, evocative tales of street hustling and slinging dope, and the group landed a deal with Jeezy's CTE label in 2013. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Meet your new class of Detroit record-label signings, from Bazzi to Greta Van Fleet," 25 Mar. 2018 Because there are a lot of other dope woman putting stuff out. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Atlanta's Zazie Beetz Has Earned Your Attention," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After only being cleared to play in this World Cup at the last minute following a long legal battle against a doping ban, the moment was particularly sweet for Peru's veteran captain. Andy Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Australia bow out as Peru claim World Cup consolation victory," 26 June 2018 The race has had other blemishes this year, all related to a dog doping scandal. Mark Thiessen, Fox News, "Norwegian musher leads the Iditarod at the halfway point," 8 Mar. 2018 CLaWS is a fiber laser, lasers that use optical fibers doped in rare elements as a transmission medium. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Have Started Testing Its Drone-Killing Laser Weapon," 21 June 2019 Meanwhile, her handlers maintain her creative stamina by giving her shady medication, a bit like military doctors dosing a fighter pilot with amphetamines or trainers doping a thoroughbred. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019 And doped quite often and for a long time—as did many other top cyclists from at least the 1980s into the 2000s. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Was It the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle in His Lawsuit With the U.S. Government?," 21 Apr. 2018 The Swiss authorities notified the organization in the United States that investigates sports doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and shared the return-address sticker. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias," 26 Mar. 2018 Pakhnotskaya, whose job includes running educational seminars on anti-doping across Russia, doesn’t want athletes to dismiss TUEs out of hand. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Russia warms to controversial TUEs after doping scandals," 12 Apr. 2019 Independent observers released their report Thursday about the anti-doping operation in Pyeongchang. Washington Post, "Olympic observers find skepticism over anti-doping program," 12 May 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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dope

noun

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

dope

adjective

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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