droop

verb
\ 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

droop

noun

Definition of droop (Entry 2 of 2)

: the condition or appearance of drooping

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Other Words from droop

Verb

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

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 New York subways are plastered with images of sad, drooping cactuses — an image meant to suggest erectile dysfunction in ads for the men’s wellness company him. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Sex Tech Company Dame Sues NYC Subways Over ‘Sexist’ Advertising Rules," 20 June 2019 The condition often goes undiagnosed because it is associated with symptoms common to other conditions, such as bloodshot eyes, excessive tearing, drooping eyelids and nasal congestion. NBC News, "FDA approves migraine drug as the first cluster headache treatment," 5 June 2019 Unlike most facials, which focus on the skin’s surface, this one aimed to stimulate my muscles and keep my skin from drooping. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 The plane's drooped nose had the ability to lower itself so pilots could better see runways upon takeoff and landing. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Concorde's Iconic 'Droop Nose' Is Being Fully Restored," 8 Feb. 2019 Kim's Knee High is an excellent compact selection to 2½ feet with large heads of gracefully drooping rays. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 The same day Tasha was diagnosed, January 26, her older sister Katrina lost the feeling in her arm and her face began to droop. Fox News, "Sisters diagnosed with rare disease weeks apart recovering from brain surgeries," 28 Sep. 2018 Kim's Knee High is an excellent compact selection to 2½ feet with large heads of gracefully drooping rays. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 With growth drooping in the rest of the world, a Chinese fiscal boost probably won’t be enough to turn around flagging commodity prices and heavy-industrial equities such as Caterpillar for long. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Don’t Count on the China Put," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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First Known Use of droop

Verb

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

Noun

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for droop

Verb

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

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drooly

droon

droop

drooped ailerons

droopy

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The first known use of droop was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for droop

droop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of droop

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

droop

verb
\ 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.

droop

noun

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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