dop·​ey | \ˈdō-pē \
variants: or less commonly dopy
dopier; dopiest

Definition of dopey 

1a : dulled by alcohol or a narcotic

b : sluggish, stupefied

2 : stupid, fatuous dopey sitcoms

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Other Words from dopey

dopily \ -​pə-​lē \ 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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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 The couples themselves are woefully stereotypical: the wise and prudent woman, her dopey but lovable husband, and their 2.5 kids. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "We need a new kind of HGTV," 30 May 2018 Since the days of Frankie and Annette, low-budget filmmakers have understood that the dopiest stories sell, so long as the location's sunny and the characters sincere. Noel Murray,, "Retro comedy 'Baja' offers a vacation for the mind," 12 Apr. 2018 He is played with nerdy conviction by Bob Murrell, who captures his shy longing for Audrey, the dopey but endearing blonde with bad taste in men. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Rivertown sets up a campy and funny 'Little Shop of Horrors'," 8 May 2018 Mostly there’s a ton of smoke and some dopey (pun intended) laughs. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "One dope list: The best marijuana movies of all time," 20 Apr. 2018 The dopey Pastor Dave isn’t exactly a galvanizing representation of Christianity. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness’ loses its way | The Kansas City Star," 29 Mar. 2018 The three actors play dopey, dead-end hotel housekeepers always trying to come up with a big idea. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Workaholics' creators on making Netflix movie 'Game Over, Man!'," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dopey

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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dope story

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doping rod

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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 \
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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