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.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

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

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 James — an interesting matchup for woods because of his more sinister style — raps about coke, dope, and what both of those poisons did to his already turbulent life. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 Another posited that as much as 90 percent of pro cyclists dope, according to VeloNews. The Editors, Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2015 Salmela says their fibers can be dope-dyed before blending with cotton (for example), thereby further reducing the total water and energy usage. Brooke Roberts-islam, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Tecovas, a purveyor of dope-looking cowboy boots, also applies its Western craftsmanship to its marquee briefcase. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 21 Apr. 2022 The initial Love and Thunder poster features Hemsworth's Thor, rocking his new axe Stormbreaker and a dope red leather vest. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 20 Apr. 2022 One brutality case, one case of unreported dope or cash, one body in an alley — these are barely even relevant to the bigger law enforcement catastrophe. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2022 Good showing from all involved, but ain’t nobody dope as Stankonia-era OutKast. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2022 In the age of branding, not being afraid to be known for trying things out is so dope to me. Candace Mcduffie, Glamour, 22 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 97-page report accuses Riis of encouraging his team members—including Tyler Hamilton, Bo Hamburger, Michael Rasmussen, and Jörg Jaksche—to dope. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 June 2015 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 But this is my guy, which makes this so dope for me. Rembert Browne, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 Tough to dope out a week when the possibilities include four games in five days, or maybe a two-day break before a wild-card game, or the saddest scenario of all - see you next spring. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 To recover from the current opioid epidemic and to prevent others from occurring in the future, a broader reckoning is necessary and the structures that enabled the Sacklers to dope America need to be dismantled. Haider J. Warraich, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 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, 11 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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Last Updated

24 May 2022

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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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