mop

noun
\ ˈmäp How to pronounce mop (audio) \

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 Organizers will accept: bottled water, cleaning supplies, paper products, hygiene products, mops, brooms, etc. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Birmingham to hold supply drive for Nashville tornado victims," 6 Mar. 2020 The next snap was the first on which Ohio State pushed Arnette back outside and put Riep — used predominantly on special teams and in mop-up duty throughout his career — in Wade’s slot cornerback spot. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How Ohio State’s defense, staggered at first against Michigan, came together: Buckeye Rewatch," 2 Dec. 2019 Would Hernangomez want to agree to a deal when his last minutes in a Nuggets uniform came in mop-up duty? Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets want to reach early extensions with Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez. Should they?," 20 Sep. 2019 Spray nozzle improperly connected to hose at mop sink. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sauce containers reused at tables among violations found in Phoenix-area restaurant inspections," 4 Mar. 2020 Sikma’s fadeaway jumper from behind his mop-haired head. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Basketball Hall induction was a night for the unheralded," 6 Sep. 2019 Lowe asked the sub about Granados-Diaz, an 18-year-old senior, when the door opened and a mop-haired kid in glasses and a black trench coat burst in, setting off screams from the students. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "‘Active Shooter!’ How Life Put Keanon Lowe Where He Was Supposed to Be," 29 Aug. 2019 At one point, Tyler is sodomized with a mop handle. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "'13 Reasons Why' returns with troubling questions and troubling answers," 29 May 2018 Inspectors observed four cockroaches in the kitchen and an employee preparing agua fresca in the mop sink at a Houston restaurant last week, according to health inspection records. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Agua fresca prepared in mop sink, roaches highlight restaurant violations (Feb 17-Feb 23)," 26 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, Ford’s only playing time the rest of the season was mop-up action during games against New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Former Alabama running back transferring to AAC school," 15 Jan. 2020 His only action in the regular season was mop-up duty in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys. Fred Goodall, orlandosentinel.com, "Giants launch QB Jones era but RB Barkley is focus of host Buccaneers," 21 Sep. 2019 Gunnell initially figured his appearances would be limited to mop-up duty. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Competitive nature won’t allow Grant Gunnell to assume Arizona Wildcats QB job is his to lose," 5 Mar. 2020 All 1,000 beers were opened in the same way: first weighed, then opened, mopped of any spillage, then weighed again. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Sad: Tapping a Shaken Beer Won't Stop It from Exploding," 11 Dec. 2019 He's been moping for years, quite vocally, about not getting a deer, so this is a big one. Amy Thielen, Saveur, "A Midwestern Hunter’s Thanksgiving," 15 Nov. 2016 There are two precise valves in the tank that allow water to soak the microfiber pad, which then mops the floor. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Roborock S5 Max makes quick work of keeping your floors clean," 13 Feb. 2020 Teammates say Hamilton never moped, and that his practice playmaking was bound to eventually show up in games. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "DaeSean Hamilton relishes career day in Broncos win: “The guy is super-duper intelligent”," 22 Dec. 2019 Floors once strewn with needles are regularly mopped and buffed to a sheen. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "BART installs gates, adds attendants to make elevators safer, more secure," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of mop was in the 15th century

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5 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mop. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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mop

noun
How to pronounce mop (audio)

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 How to pronounce mop (audio) \

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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