mop

noun
\ˈmäp \

Definition of mop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement made of absorbent material fastened to a handle and used especially for cleaning floors

2 : something that resembles a mop especially : a thick mass of hair

mop

verb
mopped; mopping

Definition of mop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use a mop on specifically : to clean or clear away by mopping mop the floors often used with up mop up the spillage

2 : to wipe as if with a mop mopped his brow with a handkerchief

intransitive verb

: to clean a surface (such as a floor) with a mop

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Other Words from mop

Verb

mopper noun

Examples of mop in a Sentence

Verb

He mopped the sweat from his brow.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

David and Glenda Glassman arrived for the grand opening in a Range Rover with Spartacus, a Spanish water dog that resembled a sentient mop. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "West Laurel Hill debuts pet cemetery, featuring 'aquamation'," 3 July 2018 Spry and deeply tanned, his silver hair combed back into a boyish mop, Lopez Obrador has long been the most recognizable alternative to Mexico’s two dominant political parties. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Fed up with violence and corruption, Mexican voters embrace a seasoned leftist who wants to double the minimum wage," 24 June 2018 With her unruly mop of curly light-colored hair, the Palestinian teen quickly became an icon and an internationally recognizable figure. Mohammed Daraghmeh, Fox News, "Palestinian protest icon Tamimi released from Israeli prison," 29 July 2018 Previous employers had occasionally misinterpreted his skill as laziness and accused him of not having logged sufficient time with the mop. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 Ronny is groaning in his narrow bed, a yellow blanket shrouding his mop of greasy black hair. Claire Mcneill, miamiherald, "This student became a paraplegic in FSU shooting. He fights to exist, to graduate. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 His chestnut mop turned a luxuriant white long ago, but a few nips and tucks make his actual age — 68 — hard to discern. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 The mop-up appearance Like hockey, baseball is far from a clean sport on which to wager. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Sports betting: When live wagering hits stadiums, the end of games will sound much different," 15 May 2018 López Obrador, known across Mexico as AMLO, is a rangy man of sixty-four, with a youthful, clean-shaven face, a mop of silver hair, and an easy gait. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "A New Revolution in Mexico," 25 June 2012

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When mopping, squeeze a few drops of dishwashing liquid onto a damp mop, and run the mop along the natural grain of the wood. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 The idea is to start with something of low value—in their case, a bag of contraband fireworks—and trade it for a slightly more valuable thing and then trade that thing up, all the way, in their case, to a shiny green moped. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Survivors and Strivers," 18 Oct. 2018 Grab an extra order of paratha to mop everything up. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Andrew Zimmern's Back-Alley Tour of Dubai Dining," 18 Oct. 2018 Back at the villa, Kevin—who was just moping about Krystal seconds earlier—has already moved on to Astrid. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: The Colton and Tia Drama, Continued," 13 Aug. 2018 So by all means, give yourself a day or two to sit around the house moping over your misfortune. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, "Laid off? Fired? 4 mistakes to avoid after losing your job," 10 May 2018 When rain spoils your New England beach day, don’t waste your trip moping around the hotel. Nicole Defeudis, BostonGlobe.com, "10 of the best things to do on a rainy summer day in New England," 2 May 2018 Spray nozzle on hose improperly attached to mop sink faucet. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Chicken, tuna salad and other foods too hot or too cold in restaurant inspections," 13 June 2018 Wash and mop the bathroom, scrubbing the sinks and toilets. BostonGlobe.com, "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of mop

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mop

Noun

Middle English mappe

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mootworthy

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mopani

mopboard

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mop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tool for cleaning floors that has a bundle of cloth or yarn or a sponge attached to a long handle

: a large amount of tangled or untidy hair on a person's head

mop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to clean (a floor) with a mop

: to wipe (something that is wet)

: to wipe (a liquid) from something

mop

noun
\ˈmäp \

Kids Definition of mop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tool for cleaning floors made of a bundle of cloth or yarn or a sponge fastened to a long handle

2 : something that looks like a cloth or yarn mop a mop of hair

mop

verb
mopped; mopping

Kids Definition of mop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wipe or clean with or as if with a mop He mopped the sweat from his forehead with a rag.

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