\ ˈdrüp How to pronounce droop (audio) \
drooped; drooping; droops

Definition of droop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to hang or incline downward
2 : to sink gradually
3 : to become depressed or weakened : languish

transitive verb

: to let droop



Definition of droop (Entry 2 of 2)

: the condition or appearance of drooping

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droopingly \ ˈdrü-​piŋ-​lē How to pronounce droop (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for droop

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of droop in a Sentence

Verb The flowers were drooping in the hot sun. Her eyelids drooped as she grew tired. The tree's branches drooped under the weight of the snow. His spirits drooped when he didn't get the job. Noun tighten the line at the top of the banner so there won't be so much droop
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb My fingertips still hang off the buttons slightly, but not enough to droop or lose control over the left- and right-click buttons. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2021 The plant is in a 10-inch pot and has thrived, blooming every year until this spring when the leaves started to droop while still blooming. oregonlive, 14 Nov. 2021 Summer rains do cause thinner limbs of trees, shrubs and foliage plants to droop and often remain in that position. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Her head began to droop a little farther to the left. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2021 Both photos show Tam speaking, but in the right photo one side of her face appears to droop unevenly. Devon Link, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Another early bloomer, this plant features dark pink flowers that droop at first, then turn upright and transform into wispy plumes. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021 Prairie coneflower Also known as the yellow coneflower, the yellow petals of this flower droop down around a brown center. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021 Also known as coast live oak, the red oak is a slow-growing evergreen with dark, sharp-toothed leaves and flowers that droop down like tiny garlands in the spring. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her works have a curious tension, full of taut sinews, often seeming to stretch and reach, or sag and droop, in ways eerily and powerfully reminiscent of the human form. Washington Post, 26 June 2021 Each character displays emotional strength and weakness, reflected in the dance, from the opening cry to the final, resigned droop of Nakamura’s arm. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Mar. 2021 But on a longer cast, just a slight bit of droop will magnify into larger and larger loops. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 30 Dec. 2020 Star ingredients like retinol and tripeptide concentrates treat necks that develop lines and a little droop, encouraging a sharper, more lifted neck contour. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 7 Oct. 2020 Rents must still be paid and brands advertised—the poshest ones spend the best part of $1bn a year on marketing—even as sales droop. The Economist, 20 June 2020 But go a little faster and the suspension starts running out of travel, until the front end is cycling through max droop and full compression as the chin spoiler detonates showers of sand across the front end. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 4 June 2020 As the day gained strength around them, August watched his father’s eyes droop, then close completely. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 Industry officials say that advance sales are starting to droop, suggesting that attendance and gross revenues will most likely take a hit in the coming weeks. Michael Paulson, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of droop


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for droop


Middle English drupen, from Old Norse drūpa; akin to Old English dropa drop

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English Language Learners Definition of droop

: to sink, bend, or hang down
: to become sad or weak


\ ˈdrüp How to pronounce droop (audio) \
drooped; drooping

Kids Definition of droop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to sink, bend, or hang down The flowers drooped in the hot sun.
2 : to become sad or weak My spirits drooped.



Kids Definition of droop (Entry 2 of 2)

: the condition of hanging or bending down The dog's tail had a sad droop.

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