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 dopey (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 But Atkins couldn't be further from the 32-year-old Hollywood star (or his lovably dopey on-screen counterpart in the HBO drama). Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Who Is Jack (a.k.a. Emily) From 'The Circle' Season 2?," 16 Apr. 2021 What does a dopey publicity stunt have to do with mundane capital allocation challenges for businesses? Charley Grant, WSJ, "To Spin or Not To Spin? Disposals Create Fortunes and Headaches," 2 Apr. 2021 The Eilish phenomenon repeats that same dopey trend. Armond White, National Review, "Billie Eilish’s Teen Angst and Alienation," 24 Mar. 2021 The virtual illiteracy of the Patimkin father, or the dopey, basketball-playing big brother? Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, "Philip’s Theater," 23 Mar. 2021 Two dopey dudes go back in time to fetch Beethoven, Napoleon and other biggies for a history project. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 But the story relies too much on stereotypes and dopey dialogue. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "A new Britney Spears documentary, and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week," 29 Jan. 2021 That his dopey country mouse of a cousin represents his best chance at companionship is the painful joke spun out until the end. Yasmine Seale, Harpers Magazine, "Slow Burn," 5 Jan. 2021 Like a dopey Bond villain, Sabrina tells the Void her plan before enacting it. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Series Finale Recap: Enter the Void," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of dopey

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 May 2021

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“Dopey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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