dop·​ey | \ ˈdō-pē How to pronounce dopey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly dopy
dopier; dopiest

Definition of dopey

1a : dulled by alcohol or a narcotic
2 : stupid, fatuous dopey sitcoms

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Other Words from dopey

dopily \ ˈdō-​pə-​lē How to pronounce dopily (audio) \ adverb
dopiness noun

Examples of dopey in a Sentence

I'm still a little dopey from the painkillers. After being up all night I was pretty dopey at work.
Recent Examples on the Web Congressional impeachment is styled as a prestige conspiracy thriller; a comment on Hurricane Florence, in 2018, echoes the dopey satire of Veep. Jason Parham, Wired, "Trump's Latest Antics Are Just Reality TV Rebooted," 25 June 2020 The worst offenders are the damned denominators—often unknown, unspoken, misused, dubious, deceptive, dopey, even demonic. Kc Cole, Wired, "Those Damn Denominators," 23 Apr. 2020 Also great is Greg’s dopey metalhead brother, Rodrick (Charlie Wright, looking like a cross between a young Keanu Reeves and Adam Driver). The New Yorker, "Quarantine Culture Recommendations: Knitting, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and Melvyn Bragg," 25 Mar. 2020 Bernie Sanders is a dopey rage-addled antique socialist who was born when Charles Lindbergh was in the news, who would, if elected, finish his first term older than Ned Beatty is today. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "He Has a Plan for That," 2 Feb. 2020 Foolishness, and the deflating sensation that a culture that once encouraged sublime beauty now only permits dopey jokes, is Mr. Cattelan’s stock in trade. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A (Grudging) Defense of the $120,000 Banana," 8 Dec. 2019 There's no faster-than-light travel, no crazy artificial gravity or dopey aliens. Rhett Allain, Wired, "The Expanse Is Sci-Fi Like TV Has Never Seen," 23 Dec. 2019 Why did Logan decide to sacrifice Kendall, who has spent most of the season in a state of blind obedience to his father, rather than his dopey, incompetent son-in-law, Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen)? Los Angeles Times, "That smirk in the ‘Succession’ finale? Brian Cox calls it a ‘look of triumph and disaster’," 14 Oct. 2019 The film is a lovely, sincere and sometimes dopey confessional about fathers and sons, love and loss that takes the shape of a far out if deeply inward trip. New York Times, "‘Ad Astra’ Review: Brad Pitt Orbits the Powers of Darkness," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dopey

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 Jul 2020

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“Dopey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dopey

: feeling the effects of a drug
: slow because you are tired
: foolish or stupid


dop·​ey | \ ˈdō-pē How to pronounce dopey (audio) \
dopier; dopiest

Kids Definition of dopey

1 : lacking alertness and activity I feel dopey early in the morning.
2 : stupid sense 2 a dopey remark

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