\ˈdrüp \

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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Other Words from droop


droopingly \ ˈdrü-​piŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms for droop

Synonyms: Verb

decay, emaciate, fade, fail, flag, go, lag, languish, sag, sink, waste (away), weaken, wilt, wither

Synonyms: Noun

hang, sag, slack, slackness

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Examples of droop in a Sentence


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.


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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Begonias can be sensitive to overwatering, but Apartment Therapy offers a great tip: When in doubt, wait until the leaves droop a little before watering it again. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "The One Plant You Need In Your Home This Fall," 1 Oct. 2018 Within its erratic textures, the vocal octet (here the flexible Roomful of Teeth, in its Philharmonic debut) makes chattering, drooping, bending sounds, and speaks texts by Samuel Beckett and the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: The Philharmonic Points a Trippy Kaleidoscope at the Past," 25 May 2018 Kim's Knee High is an excellent compact selection to 2½ feet with large heads of gracefully drooping rays. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Gorgeous Medicinal Echinacea In Your Garden," 17 July 2017 This causes the axis to tilt a little more or a little less over time, drooping to just over 24 degrees and maxing out at about 22 degrees every 40,000 years or so. Chris J. Ratcliffe, National Geographic, "This Summer Solstice, Earth's Days Are Longer Than Ever," 20 June 2018 Their earrings—hoops and studs drooping from holes punched decades ago—are something you just don't see as often in South Dakota or Milwaukee. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Beer and Bikes in the Black Forest—And All for a Good Cause," 31 May 2018 A century ago, long before radio, television and record players became ubiquitous, Americans bought more than 300,000 pianos a year, a figure that since has drooped by about 90%, according to PianoPricePoint.com and other industry sources. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Old pianos set to spend summer on streets of downtown Royal Oak," 30 May 2018 Think of the Festi Wristband Principle, then apply that to the frills drooping past your fingertips being dipped in mucky sink water, brushed across coffeeshop counters, and just hanging there, waiting to absorb other people's sneezes. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Are Your Sleeves Making You Sick?," 16 May 2017 Wilson indicated wispy bald cypress trees, the drooping white blossoms of tea plants and a giant swath of ornamental grasses, which will turn red in the fall. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Arlington Cemetery to open new section with space-saving pre-dug graves," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His face appears to flicker in and out of the head that houses it; his mouth, normally in a wry downturn, droops and then disappears. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "AI Made a Movie—and the Results Are Horrifyingly Encouraging," 11 June 2018 They are cleverly infused with sly visual references to a Surrealist and Expressionist pantheon of male artists — Munch’s face screams, Dali’s watches droop, Brancusi’s torso is another stump, Giacometti’s lopsided chariot would only run in circles. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 Best of all, while real flowers inevitably droop and wilt (even with these strategies that make cut flowers last longer in a vase), your tissue paper tulips and paper roses never will. Kathleen Corlett, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Paper Flowers That Are Even More Stunning Than The Real Thing," 31 Aug. 2017 The camera’s heavy apparatus droops and nods uncontrollably, swaying back and forth in an effort to keep Patrick in frame. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Shines as Drug-Addled Aristocrat Patrick Melrose," 9 May 2018 Engage your core and keep your back flat, so your body looks like one straight line from your head all the way down to your heels; don't bend at your hips or let any part of your body droop. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "How to Work Up to Brie Larson's Impressive Weighted Push-up," 9 Apr. 2018 Smoking can also cause collagen in skin to break down, promoting droop. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "7 Things You Can and Can’t Do About Saggy Breasts," 20 Mar. 2018 Symptoms of a stroke include facial droop, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park, Rush Medical Center to team up on mobile stroke unit," 13 Mar. 2018 Ask the person to smile and check to see if one side of the face droops. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "More stroke patients can receive critical emergency treatment under new guidelines," 1 Feb. 2018

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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 \
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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