\ 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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Other Words from droop


droopingly \ ˈdrü-​piŋ-​lē How to pronounce droopingly (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 The sleeves would inexplicably droop to the floor at the elbows, cartoon-like, or extend past my hands and behind me, like white lines on a highway. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Rise of the Minimony and the Micro-Wedding," 15 Oct. 2020 Concorde famously had a nose that could move, or droop down, to handle this problem, but XB-1 and its futuristic successor will rely on a camera feed. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "This test plane could be a big step towards supersonic commercial flights," 8 Oct. 2020 On the long drives between field sites, dead sunflowers droop under a relentless sky. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks," 1 May 2018 Jacob Fox Also known as camassia, quamash will take over after your tulips fade and daffodils start to droop. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Bulbs to Plant in Fall to Help Pollinators Come Springtime," 20 Aug. 2020 Dew points droop into the 50s, meaning all of us with be breathing easier. Star Tribune, "Sunnier And Less Humid Monday With Highs Slightly Below Average," 9 Aug. 2020 His right eye and corner of the right side of his mouth both appeared to droop on air. Gerrad Hall, EW.com, "Ryan Seacrest 'did not have any kind of stroke' on American Idol finale," 18 May 2020 Close-up footage of the mice showed subtle changes in their facial expressions: When a mouse experienced pain, their noses drooped and their ears flicked down. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Mice make different faces depending on how they feel -- and that could impact how we treat mood disorders, a new study says," 2 Apr. 2020 It was returned to me with its chiffon over-layer in shreds and my previously thriving silk buds were rumpled, drooping, and wilted—like a flower bed dug up by the neighbor’s dog. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Vintage Garments," 16 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "These Neck and Décolletage Products Are Worth It," 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, "Fashion victims How slow times in the luxury world will separate the bling from the chaff," 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, "2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD: Crossover Torture Test," 4 June 2020 As the day gained strength around them, August watched his father’s eyes droop, then close completely. New York Times, "‘August,’ by Callan Wink: An Excerpt," 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, "Broadway, Seeking to Stay Open, Suggests Stars Keep Their Distance," 11 Mar. 2020 At one large farm, rows of flowery, cactuslike dragonfruit plants droop over their wire props, heavy with juice that stains our fingers and lips a bright purply pink. Anna Hartley, Washington Post, "A scenic spin through southwestern China’s verdant hills," 24 Jan. 2020 The camera keeps rolling and through the inexorable march of time, the burger sits, the lettuce wilts, the tomato droops, and mold grows on the burger. Melissa Locker, Time, "Burger King Wants You to See How Moldy This Whopper Can Get Thanks to the March of Time," 19 Feb. 2020 Even the most positive people can experience a little bit of a droop on Sundays looking ahead at an early wake up alarm and a busy week. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Sunday Suppers: This creamy Tuscan chicken is the Sunday dinner your family craves," 15 Feb. 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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24 Oct 2020

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“Droop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/droop. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce droop (audio)

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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