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

Firefighters in Santa Barbara County continued mop-up operations Sunday morning after battling a wildfire that destroyed about 20 structures, prompting hundreds of evacuations in Goleta over the weekend amid a brutal heat wave. Andrea Castillo, latimes.com, "Firefighters make significant progress in wildfires burning across Southern California," 8 July 2018 In a medium saucepan over high heat, whisk together all the mop ingredients and bring them to a boil. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Today, Brown, who has a master’s degree in fine arts from The George Washington University, sports an exuberant mop of ombre curls. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 But fans were shocked when Brazilian playmaker sported an unruly mop of blonde hair for his nation's World Cup opener against Switzerland. SI.com, "Man Utd Legend Eric Cantona Imitates Neymar's New Haircut By Putting Spaghetti on His Head," 19 June 2018 Pete Davidson has a new fiancée, a possible new apartment and an entirely new look: Just a week after proposing to Ariana Grande after only a few weeks of dating, the star ditched his mop-top-esque hair and debuted a super-short buzz cut. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Pete Davidson Gets Buzz Cut Following Ariana Grande Engagement News," 18 June 2018 Even as mop-up man, a pitcher who is a virtual lock to allow runs is taking up valuable space. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Mitchell's clock ticks; Reyes' bomb means something; Spangy absorbs inning," 6 June 2018 In a bid to clean up his mess, the head of a major European government reached for a mop - and started swiping at the spill. Adam Taylor, ajc, "Dutch leader mops up coffee he spilled and becomes a symbol of etiquette," 6 June 2018 On the mound: Artie Lewicki was tasked with mop-up duty, pitching 4⅓ innings. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers, Matthew Boyd swept out of Cleveland by Indians, 12-2," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 O’Keefe moped on the curb outside the school for a while before picking herself up and trudging along down Marguerite Drive, toward home. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "‘My killer was never found’: Police live tweet a murdered girl’s last day alive in 1973," 9 July 2018 And, honestly, Barack Obama gave a -- some really good messages in that speech, as Shelby said, about moping, about participating, getting involved. Fox News, "Former agent fires back at calls to abolish ICE," 30 June 2018 Muller lives and works in Slidell in the STARC bead department and St. Tammany Parish Schools mop contract department. Carol Wolfram, NOLA.com, "STARC royals shine at Starlight Ball in Slidell," 15 Apr. 2018 Twice the sweating, mopping, fanning throng burst into applause. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 11, 1925: Scopes trial begins," 11 July 2018 By the end of the episode, Moore is left dangling from the ceiling in a faux flaming moped. refinery29.com, "Why Younger Tackled #MeToo With Its Season Premiere," 6 June 2018 That’s particularly difficult for low-wage contract workers such as those who mop the floors, scrub the toilets and empty the trash in federal buildings. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Now another shutdown as some feds wait to be fully paid from the last one," 20 Jan. 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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