dope

1 of 3

noun

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.The 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 US : a cola drink

dope

2 of 3

verb

doped; doping

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

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adjective

slang
: excellent
used as a generalized term of approval

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The original is available on all kinds of physical media, though, including the dope 4K Blu-ray version with three cuts of the film and the original soundtrack by Italian horror gods Goblin. PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2023 And in 2021, the most current data available, xylazine showed up in more than 90 percent of dope samples in Philadelphia. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Jan. 2023 People were saying that everyone’s dope was being cut with something that was causing gruesome, painful wounds. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, 7 Jan. 2023 Fans love its modular design that looks dope in anyone's backyard. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 5 Jan. 2023 Unfortunately, Carmela Soprano’s robo-suit does not come with a dope pair of 22nd-century Reebok high-tops. Chris Klimek, Vulture, 16 Dec. 2022 Besides the naloxone, Savage Sisters has also started giving people who overdose oxygen, a combination the staff think is more effective against tranq dope. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 2 Dec. 2022 And now, when someone comes up and the person is dope, that is a blessing from God. Robert Solomon, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2022 Seems a couple of addicts murdered a courier bearing a ball of dope that was supposed to be split between Wu and Al. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021
Verb
Creating the partnerships has been a really, really dope thing. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2022 Your 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers had months to dope out playoff scenarios and align its players for October. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022 The undies are super soft and the designs and really dope! Stephanie Dunivan, Essence, 1 Sep. 2022 That should give anyone chills who gives a damn about clean sport, as job pressure is one of the clearest incentives to dope. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2015 Is there any celebrity, influencer, or generally dope Black woman that would be your dream Hanifa girl? Mia Uzzell, Glamour, 27 July 2022 Is there too much focus on the athletes who dope, rather than on the people or systems that guide the athletes? Dan Weil, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The next year, Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, was among 27 people charged by federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging scheme to secretly dope horses and cheat the betting public. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022 The next year, Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, was among 27 people charged by federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging scheme to secretly dope horses and cheat the betting public. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022
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, 11 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of dope was in 1786

Dictionary Entries Near dope

Cite this Entry

“Dope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dope. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

dope

1 of 2 noun
1
: a thick sticky material (as one used to make pipe joints tight)
2
: an illegal, habit-forming, or narcotic drug
especially : marijuana
3
: a stupid person
4
: information especially from a reliable source

dope

2 of 2 verb
doped; doping
1
: to treat or affect with dope
especially : to give a narcotic to
2
: find out
usually used with out

Medical Definition

dope

1 of 2 noun
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

dope

2 of 2 verb
doped; doping

transitive verb

: to give a narcotic to

intransitive verb

: to take dope

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