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.

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Christian and his friends are deliberately dopey, with the air of casual colonists — getting wasted, urinating on sacred trees and photographing precious artifacts against direct orders. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Review: Ari Aster's crazy new horror flick 'Midsommar' is ready to mess with your mind," 1 July 2019 The series has also not been shy about tackling the conflict between religiously conservative ideology and LGBTQ+ acceptance — embodied by Rob McElhenney’s dopey, cognitively dissonant Mac. Daniel Menegaz,, "Why It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and star Rob McElhenney deserve Emmys," 24 June 2019 When the pink-and-white machine chirps out motivational advice, the show is clearly playing with the way that this millennium in pop has been packed with generic self-help rhetoric, which can indeed come off as creepy or dopey. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror’s Miley Cyrus Episode Isn’t That Far-Fetched," 6 June 2019 Yesterday saw a presidential tweetstorm flinging dopey invective at the usual targets —Lisa Page, Hillary, et al, from a guy who appears increasingly cornered. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “It’s All Coming Home to Roost”," 16 Dec. 2018 Where the smaller Pixel 2 had big, dopey bezels, the Pixel 3 has smaller ones. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL review: the best camera gets a better phone," 15 Oct. 2018 Another snatched an unsigned letter from his desk to abort some presumptively dopey action. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We’re Surviving Trump Just Fine," 7 Sep. 2018 There is also Jake Paul, a dopey blond vlogger and provocateur who recently secured a feature verse from Gucci Mane. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” Is as Studious as It Is Bombastic," 27 Sep. 2017 If Tomsic had gone all-out in one direction or the other, the film would be better — either a fun, dopey comedy or an exploration of maturity (or the lack thereof) told through the lens of a kids game. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm play the game in 'Tag'," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of dopey

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of dopey was in 1896

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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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