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
Chess Fest Free, drop-in recreational chess matches for all ages and skill levels are set for the second Sunday of each month, 2-5 p.m., at Stocklmeir School on Dunholme Way. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 7 Apr. 2024 Pocket-wise, the jacket has several: A vertical chest pocket, two hand pockets, and an internal drop-in pocket for smaller items like gum or lip balm. Olivia Avitt, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Although harder to find and more expensive, HVO offers a real drop-in alternative that immediately reduces CO2 emissions. Kathleen Turner, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The back has a convenient drop-in pocket, and overall, these pants fit just like leggings, but have a light flare at the bottom that gives them a more relaxed fit, reminiscent of yoga pants from the 2010s. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 27 Mar. 2024 These leggings offer two drop-in cargo pockets and a zippered vertical pocket. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024 This year, Outside Joke: The Hub of Netflix is a Joke Fest is transforming the Hollywood Palladium grounds into an epicenter of outdoor fun with live stand-up, surprise drop-ins from the biggest names in comedy, games, food and merch. Ali Lerman, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 This is a free drop-in event, and stitching help is available. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024 But there was no word of a presidential drop-in at the Harris-Gantz meeting, as some observers had speculated Mr. Biden might engineer as a way to highlight his growing frustration with Mr. Netanyahu’s conduct of the war. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Mar. 2024

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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

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“Drop-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop-in. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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