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

The redemption of the racist cop doesn’t bother me — Sam Rockwell studiously plays him as a dangerous dope. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Does ‘Three Billboards’ Say Anything About America? Well …," 18 Jan. 2018 Who else can pull off a mid-song tune-warp as dope as this? 1. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Fatboy Slim's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 2 July 2018 Armstrong, Landis charges, pressured other cyclists to dope, thereby putting those cyclists in an awkward position to either follow the leader and break the law or defy him and be exiled from the team. 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 Watch him drink whiskey and smoke dope on a podcast. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two presidents," 8 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hackers gained access to a WADA database called ADAMS that contained medical information from athletes around the world as well as records about anti-doping investigations. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Russian spies hacked officials to protect doping athletes, US charges," 4 Oct. 2018 With China barred from the weightlifting competition for doping violations, the North Koreans are atop the standings in the sport. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018 After years of denials, Armstrong confessed to doping in January 2013 during a televised interview with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "U.S. government seeks more payback in Lance Armstrong case," 3 July 2018 Related Lappartient, 44 years old, has dealt with doping controversies before in his former role as head of the French Cycling Federation—though not so much in his previous life as a small-town mayor. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Cycling Wonders What to Do About Chris Froome," 13 Apr. 2018 Among a field of documentaries that deal with difficult subjects — financial crisis, doping scandals, civil war, a murder with no justice — their film stands out for its lighthearted and optimistic but very often poignant portrait of humanity. Eliza Berman, Time, "Here's Who Will Win at the 2018 Oscars," 2 Mar. 2018 Russian agents targeted anti-doping organizations to gather information to undermine the investigation and embarrass non-Russian athletes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Russian spies hacked officials to protect doping athletes, US charges," 4 Oct. 2018 Xavier Bigard of France’s national anti-doping agency told AFP. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think.," 24 July 2018 In reality, horse racing does not have a robust anti-doping program. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Goodbye to the winter/spring Santa Anita meeting," 25 June 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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