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

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 Those who already paid were feeling like the biggest dopes of all. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Refund Madness! Tiger & Phil’s Vegas Bogey," 25 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Independent observers released their report Thursday about the anti-doping operation in Pyeongchang. Eddie Pells, chicagotribune.com, "Olympic observers find skepticism over anti-doping program," 10 May 2018 That lawsuit has been financed by Prokhorov, the billionaire oligarch who has publicly defended Russian athletes implicated in the system of doping Rodchenkov revealed. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Russian doping whistleblower countersues Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, three Olympic biathletes," 30 Apr. 2018 In the years that followed, the upstart hired a massive sales force, sponsored a Tour de France team (later dropped amid doping allegations) and backed a catamaran racing series that traveled the world, iShares emblazoned on the sails. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "The $5 Trillion Question: How Did the Firm That Pioneered ETFs Lose Its Lead?," 27 July 2018 The Rubin Kazan defender ostensibly has a calf problem, although he had been accused of doping violations before a case was dropped in April. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Russia Grasps With Danger of Being Worst On-Field World Cup Host Ever," 13 June 2018 Sharapova made her first appearance at Wimbledon since 2015, missing the tournament for the last two years due to an injury and doping ban. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Vitalia Diatchenko Hands Maria Sharapova First Wimbledon Opening Round Loss," 3 July 2018 Russia must provide computer data from the lab before Dec. 31 or risk having its national anti-doping agency suspended again, two months after its controversial reinstatement. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "WADA visits Moscow lab seeking key doping data," 28 Nov. 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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