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 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.

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Total assault on the culture, by any means necessary, including rock ‘n’ roll, dope and f--king in the streets. Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2024 Tennessee’s warning shot at the NCAA on Tuesday is like a dope hit for the addiction to conflict that exists within us, especially those of us who spend a lot of time watching college sports. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 Now, with his new movie, Drive-Away Dolls, Ethan has made a gonzo comedy about dopes with guns chasing cheerful fools around dingy American motels in pursuit of a meaningless bag of loot. David Sims, The Atlantic, 21 Feb. 2024 Coached one of my favorite players, Kevin Garnett, as well too, so that’s kind of dope. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2024 And then the second one is when every line was dope. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 And that danger was more acute on account of my intent to be fair, ethical, moral — no stretching my dope with acetone, propane or extra baking soda nor shorting customers grams; no plotting how to strong-arm somebody else’s dope or stash. Mitchell S. Jackson, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 That’s kind of dope that there’s now two Michael Jordans. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 13 Dec. 2023 Mi think 438 was dope, just like Generation of Kings. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 8 Dec. 2023
Verb
Like Demus, he was beaten by a Russian athlete later found guilty of doping. Jeré Longman, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Before Barry Bonds, before Russia at the Sochi Olympics, before the past four decades of sports doping scandals, there was Don Catlin in his UCLA laboratory. Les Carpenter, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 The traditional approach to chip fabrication involves doping—a deliberate contamination of the semiconductor material with certain foreign atoms. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Mar. 2024 The Russian team that topped the medals chart in Sochi was later exposed in a doping scandal run by Putin’s security service and banned from all Olympic competition. Tribune News Service, Orange County Register, 14 Feb. 2024 Some will be stored in case that medals need to reassigned after the Games, which can happen when medal-winners are subsequently stripped of the prizes for doping. John Leicester, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 Grigory Rodchenkov is seen in the sports doping documentary Icarus. Molly Stazicker, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 The highest court in sports sanctioned Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva for doping violations at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Eddie Pells, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 De Heer added that the SEC produced this way is essentially charge neutral, and when exposed to air, it will spontaneously be doped by oxygen. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Those writers are dope, and that was not my intention at all. EW.com, 14 Jan. 2024 Not too many Black people have even been nominated — let alone won — so being considered is already dope. Kenan Draughorne, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Those writers are dope and that was not my intention at all. Zack Sharf, Variety, 11 Jan. 2024 Because some tracks have a dope verse and a really good beat and a great hook, and the song is really dope and that’s cool. Evan Minsker, Pitchfork, 29 Aug. 2023 Carl Dixon, and Steve Terrell put a beat underneath my freestyle and composed something really dope. Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 11 Aug. 2023 Justin [Lubliner, CEO] at the label was just really dope. John Norris, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2023 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

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Dope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dope. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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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