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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


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

Other Words from mop


mopper noun

Examples of mop in a Sentence

Verb He mopped the sweat from his brow.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Junior Gunner Holland, who only saw mop-up duty last year as quarterback, led Osceola on a 14-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes to lead the Kowboys to the come-from-behind win. J. Daniel Pearson, Orlando Sentinel, 20 May 2022 So, having to bust out the mop multiple times a week, too, just felt egregious. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 30 Apr. 2022 The square design helps the Braava reach deep into corners and mop along baseboards. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2022 To use the mop function, simply attach the mopping pad to the bottom of the device and send the robot on its way to clean up spills and stains. Amy Schulman,, 16 Apr. 2022 To further reduce waste, opt for washable mop heads instead of single-use ones and trade disposable cleaning wipes and paper towels for reusable microfiber cloths. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2022 Another shortcoming some people will frown at is the fact that the s9+ doesn’t have a mop feature. Maren Estrada, BGR, 31 Mar. 2022 Instead, the 1979 Riley shuffles up to the Forum for a job interview — his ’70s mop billowing in the wind — and is firmly turned away by a security guard who doesn’t recognize him. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 20 Mar. 2022 Instead, residents should put on rubber gloves, soak any dead rodents or waste in disinfectant and clean with a sponge or mop. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fire crews were expected to remain working on the fire for several days to patrol for smoke and mop-up hot spots as needed, finish backhaul of equipment that is no longer in use and to complete suppression repair. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 For an even deeper clean on hard surfaces, the device can vacuum and mop at the same time. Isabel Garcia,, 19 Jan. 2022 While there are so many robot vacuums out there that can suck up dirt, pet hair, and crumbs, there are few that can mop, too. Sanah Faroke,, 26 Nov. 2021 Tuesday, the strong winds blew out two of his home’s windows, letting in rain and forcing the couple to continually mop their floors. Juan A. Lozano,, 14 Sep. 2021 One afternoon, my crew began a mop-up patrol in a place called Lights Creek. The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Jessica Kessinger, team lead of DSHS’ health assessment and toxicology program, said area residents can mop their floors, place rugs on both sides of their doors and remove shoes before going inside to try to limit lead contamination in their homes. Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 The road in between will remain closed as firefighters and mop-up crews continue to contend with the still-burning Dixie Fire. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 Before Saturday’s game, Calzada’s experience had been limited to 25 passing attempts in four games, mostly mop-up duty. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mop


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mop


Middle English mappe

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“Mop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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


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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