1 of 2


: a casual visit or brief stop
: one who drops in : a casual visitor

drop in

2 of 2


dropped in; dropping in; drops in

intransitive verb

: to pay an unexpected or casual visit
often used with on

Examples of drop-in in a Sentence

Verb drop in any time—we're always home
Recent Examples on the Web
Vessels are easier to replace than drop-in or undermount sinks. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2023 The customers, a mix of demanding divas and friendly drop-ins, have personalities as large as the women who make their Beyoncé hair dreams come true. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Widespread testing for tuberculosis is underway in Omaha after officials discovered a positive case of the potentially fatal disease at a drop-in daycare within a local YMCA. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 Its drop-in center on Wisconsin Avenue NW hosted 601 visitors, providing refuge from the streets and access to essentials such as food, mail and hygiene kits. John Kelly, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 The infected person was part of the YMCA’s drop-in child care program, so those at risk of exposure are primarily young kids. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023 In this week’s political cold open, President Biden, played by Mikey Day, hangs Halloween decorations around the Oval Office and welcomes some drop-ins, as well as topical humor. William Earl, Variety, 28 Oct. 2023 There was a lesbian feminist drop-in rap group, in Santa Monica. Candace Hansen, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 The ticketed 21-and-older event includes admission to museum exhibitions, supplies for a drop-in art activity and a signature cocktail. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drop-in was circa 1600

Dictionary Entries Near drop-in

Cite this Entry

“Drop-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop-in. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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