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

Parting Shot Conjure up Pete Rose sliding headfirst: Arms outstretched, mop of hair blown back, flying through the air like Superman. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nuggets land Bol Bol: What the national media thought of Denver’s draft night," 24 June 2019 But detectives found a pile of bloody towels, a bloody mop, bloody footprints and the strong smell of bleach in the house, as well as defensive wounds on Michael Redlick, who worked as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida. Fox News, "Florida woman accused of murdering her husband was once his stepdaughter: report," 11 June 2019 Sheila Kaczmarek created a yellow column with a burst of twigs at the top, like a messy mop of hair, and surrounded it with collages depicting all the places where the artist has lived. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "When is a selfie art? When it shows the soul, like these portraits at City Gallery," 11 June 2019 The Sullivan is a fine addition to that roster and does double duty as an effective place for mop-up meals. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 Transferred to the 331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, Perry said commanders announced a mop-up operation was ahead. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky vet captured during D-Day invasion 75 years ago to receive France's highest honor," 29 May 2019 Instead, Evans barely cracked the rotation. playing in only 30 games that mostly included mop-up duty. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "NBA Draft: Can the Warriors find a Tony Parker at No. 28?," 19 June 2019 The Indiana native has completed 24 of 41 passes for 304 yards with a touchdown and an interception — mostly in mop-up duty — but has lent his athleticism as a receiver and ballcarrier with 14 catches for 62 yards and 76 carries for 506 yards. Travis Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Penn State QB competition on hold as Stevens gets healthy," 13 Apr. 2019 Mac Jones was a third-teamer last season but only completed five passes while playing a mop-up role. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Nick Saban reloading defense with youthful Alabama team," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Toilets are mounted to the wall instead of the floor so cleaners can actually mop underneath them. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Try Stall Tactic: Better Bathrooms," 2 Jan. 2019 The least expensive model in our test, this little wunderkind will mop and sweep hardwood, tile, and stone surfaces. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Robot Vacuums, According to Cleaning Experts," 21 Nov. 2018 Cam responds to this by moping around the mansion playing sad harmonica songs and generally being the worst. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Episode 2, Recap: What’s the Deal With Luke P.?," 21 May 2019 Half a cup of castile soap can be added to 3 gallons of hot water to make a delightfully simple DIY mopping solution. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "13 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before," 22 May 2019 Now plebes rip off their shirts to try to mop the lard away. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Herndon Monument Climb: Why crazed Naval Academy freshmen storm a greased obelisk," 21 May 2018 After that, mop the floor with a dry towel before wiping it down again with a damp rag. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "The Clever Trick That Will Save Your Floors From Salt This Winter," 5 Nov. 2018 Revel co-founder Paul Suhey walked Eva Carbonell through the controls of an electric moped on Friday in Brooklyn. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Brooklyn Hipsters Can Now Hop On Ride-Sharing Mopeds," 29 July 2018 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

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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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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 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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