dopey

adjective dop·ey \ ˈdō-pē \
variants: or less commonly dopy
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of dopey

dopier; dopiest
1 a : dulled by alcohol or a narcotic
2 : stupid, fatuous
  • dopey sitcoms

dopily

play \-pə-lē\ adverb

dopiness

noun

Examples of dopey in a Sentence

  1. I'm still a little dopey from the painkillers.

  2. After being up all night I was pretty dopey at work.

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First Known Use of dopey

1896

dopey Synonyms

Synonyms
airheaded, birdbrained, bonehead, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, stupid (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, gormless [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, mindless, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-witted, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witless
Antonyms
apt, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, fast, hyperintelligent, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, supersmart, ultrasmart
Related Words
cretinous, feebleminded, simpleminded; boobish, foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), moronic; ignorant, illiterate, lowbrow, uneducated, uninformed, unintellectual, untaught, unthinking; absurd, asinine, balmy, cockeyed, crackpot, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dippy, dotty, featherheaded, fool, half-baked, harebrained, insane, kooky (also kookie), loony (also looney), lunatic, mad, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, sappy, screwball, silly, tomfool, unwise, wacky (also whacky), zany; fallacious, illogical, invalid, irrational, unreasonable
Near Antonyms
ingenious, resourceful; acute, astute, discerning, insightful, keen, knowing, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, sagacious, sage, sapient, savvy, wise; cerebral, erudite, highbrow, intellectual, knowledgeable, learned, literate, scholarly, thinking, well-read; educated, informed, schooled, skilled, trained; crafty, cunning, foxy, shrewd, wily; judicious, prudent, sane, sensible, sound; logical, rational, reasonable, valid

DOPEY Defined for English Language Learners

dopey

adjective

Definition of dopey for English Language Learners

  • : feeling the effects of a drug

  • : slow because you are tired

  • : foolish or stupid


DOPEY Defined for Kids

dopey

adjective dop·ey \ ˈdō-pē \

Definition of dopey for Students

dopier; dopiest
1 : lacking alertness and activity
  • I feel dopey early in the morning.
2 : stupid 2
  • a dopey remark


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