\ 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 droopingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for droop

Synonyms: Verb

flag, hang, loll, sag, swag, wilt

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

Every ramp was slanted, some sloping down to the right, others drooping to the left so that barrels rolled down them like marbles rolling through chutes in a Rube Goldberg-like device. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, "How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600," 14 Sep. 2019 Apple started pushing the plan last year as iPhone sales drooped. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The Apple iPhone Event’s Biggest Story Wasn’t the New Products," 11 Sep. 2019 When drooping demand threatens an economy, governments and central banks use fiscal and monetary policy to deliver an offsetting rise in spending. The Economist, "The onset of a downturn is as much a matter of mood as of money," 20 Aug. 2019 Several of the friends told investigators Mary’s body was drooping during the assault, at least one adding that her head was also banging against the wall, The Hill reported. Fox News, "Court acts against NJ judge in sex assault case: report," 18 July 2019 Roth’s weeping fig is a classic example: braided trunk, delicately drooping branchlets, and a dense shock of glossy leaves about 2 inches long . Los Angeles Times, "How the weeping fig became the ‘It’ plant of the gardening world (again)," 15 Aug. 2019 The Department of Economic Affairs reported that economic growth slowed in 2018-2019, to under 7% in the most recent quarter from 8% in mid-2018, hobbled by consumer demand, weak growth in investment and drooping exports. Washington Post, "Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dies at 66," 24 Aug. 2019 The symptoms are: Face drooping: Ask a person to smile. Julie Garcia, Houston Chronicle, "Younger stroke deaths like Luke Perry, John Singleton becoming more common," 22 July 2019 Because the moon has no substantial atmosphere, NASA scientists led by Jack Kinzler designed a horizontal crossbar to support the flag and keep it from drooping down, Platoff wrote. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong put a flag on the moon. Here's what you can and can't see in the iconic photo," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His long nose droops towards a thin goatee on his chin. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 New symptoms include sudden onset weakness or paralysis in the arms or legs, a facial droop, trouble speaking or swallowing, or difficulty moving their eyes. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "AFM still a "bit of a mystery" amid peak season for polio-like illness," 10 July 2019 The thought of trying to store a van in Lower Manhattan made his insides droop. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 The former Green Beret medic let his mustache droop, and his hair reach his shoulders. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘It’s a Lifelong Burden’: The Mixed Blessing of the Medal of Honor," 24 May 2019 Her breasts droop; her navel frowns; her ankles bulge; her shoulders slump. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Air suspension to the rescue again: the Rover compressed its rear suspension on the passenger side while going full-droop on the driver side to crawl down over the banking and drag the trailer back up to the road. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Secret Weapon for Towing? Air Suspension," 20 Nov. 2018 Symptoms include sudden weakness or paralysis in legs and arms, and can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, and facial droop. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Cases of Rare Neurological Condition Rise in U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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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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