1 of 2


: an implement made of absorbent material fastened to a handle and used especially for cleaning floors
: something that resembles a mop
especially : a thick mass of hair


2 of 2


mopped; mopping

transitive verb

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

Examples of mop in a Sentence

Verb He mopped the sweat from his brow.
Recent Examples on the Web
The robovac comes with a mop that senses carpets and lifts itself to keep them dry. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 For surfaces like hardwood or tile floors, follow up with a microfiber cloth or a slightly damp mop to capture any remaining particles and achieve a more thorough clean. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 The master leaves the house, and the apprentice uses his spell book to automate his chores, bringing artificial life into brooms, dishwashing and mops. Lyle Maxson, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 And for even less of a lift, snap up this Roomba robot vacuum that doubles as a mop to fully clean your floors (without any elbow grease from you). Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum Cleaner, $170.99 (orig. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2023 He’s got a mullet, too — a real humdinger, with stringy long strands in the back that don’t connect in any way with the short mop on top. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024 Ari, splendidly and sensitively voiced by tenor Jonathan Pierce Rhodes, sports a cheap mop of bubble-gum pink. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2024 Soon, every mop dumps buckets of water onto the floor, simply following its directive — the spell cast innocently by a novice. Lyle Maxson, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 Over 1,000 Amazon shoppers added this steam mop to their cart in the past month, and it’s earned over 400 perfect ratings. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 7 Jan. 2024
And yes, you are justified in feeling embarrassed that your in-laws were invited in to go through possessions and mop the floor without your knowledge. Amy Dickinson, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 And, yes, you are justified in feeling embarrassed that your in-laws were invited in to go through possessions and mop the floor without your knowledge. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 This robot vacuum takes two chores off your plate by combining automatic vacuuming and mopping with iRobot’s tried and tested room-mapping smarts. Quentyn Kennemer, The Verge, 16 Jan. 2024 More than 5,000 shoppers bought the steam mop this past month, and it’s racked up over 10,200 five-star ratings. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 What Could Be Better The mop head felt flimsy while mopping. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 18 Jan. 2024 But the idea of mopping floors with a mini-appliance that has rolled all over the dirty sidewalk and driveway isn’t what really turns me off about the Kids Clean Car. Melissa Willets, Parents, 15 Jan. 2024 When mopping, the vacuum never dispenses too much water, so frying is quick and effortless. Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 23 Nov. 2023 Beyond that, spot-cleaning stains, such as a splash of coffee, could take less time than a full mopping session. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



Middle English mappe

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near mop

Cite this Entry

“Mop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a tool for cleaning made of a bundle of cloth or yarn or a sponge fastened to a handle
: something resembling a mop
a tangled mop of hair


2 of 2 verb
mopped; mopping
: to wipe or clean with or as if with a mop
mop the floor
mopped my brow with a handkerchief

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