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

Be sure to ring the mop well as wood floors can absorb water. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 Rosales caught the attention of the footwear brand Camper, whose spring 2018 campaign spotlights her suite of characters: auburn-haired exec, mop-head in pink, pixie sunbather. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Madrid Artist Whose Cinematic Beauty Looks Are Straight out of an Almodovar Movie," 23 Aug. 2018 With modern managers using their relievers like chess pieces, resting arms is crucial, so in blowout situations, losing teams are content to send infielders and outfielders to the mound for mop-up duty. Jason Gay, WSJ, "How to Save Baseball: Let Fans Pitch," 31 July 2018 Even getting beat by 13 runs the night before one of the bullpen games allowed them to use Phil Hughes for two-inning mop-up duty and infielder Cory Spangenberg for one to preserve the bulk of their relievers for use in the bullpen games. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: more bullpen games possible; Mac's managing; Capps' rehab," 17 June 2018 Cunliffe never was able to earn Self's trust, which led to him only getting mop-up duty from February on. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Which KU basketball players exceeded their preseason expectations in 2017-18? | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 In mop-up duty of Washington’s blowout victory over North Dakota, the redshirt freshman quarterback completed all seven of his pass attempts in the fourth quarter, throwing for 110 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ty Jones. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen was pleased with backup QB Jake Haener’s debut, but also cautions to keep things in perspective," 10 Sep. 2018 Used only in mop-up duty even before that, Mitchell going down allowed the Padres to activate pitcher Joey Lucchesi off the DL prior to his start Wednesday afternoon against the Oakland A’s. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bryan Mitchell placed on DL," 20 June 2018 This is lightning in a bottle: the Beatles and Beatlemania at their apogee, with all the requisite screaming, racing and mop-top clowning. Jordan Hoffman, New York Times, "Where to Stream the Best, and the Most Ridiculous, of the Beatles on Film," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The idea is to start with something of low value—in their case, a bag of contraband fireworks—and trade it for a slightly more valuable thing and then trade that thing up, all the way, in their case, to a shiny green moped. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Survivors and Strivers," 18 Oct. 2018 Grab an extra order of paratha to mop everything up. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Andrew Zimmern's Back-Alley Tour of Dubai Dining," 18 Oct. 2018 Back at the villa, Kevin—who was just moping about Krystal seconds earlier—has already moved on to Astrid. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: The Colton and Tia Drama, Continued," 13 Aug. 2018 So by all means, give yourself a day or two to sit around the house moping over your misfortune. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, "Laid off? Fired? 4 mistakes to avoid after losing your job," 10 May 2018 When rain spoils your New England beach day, don’t waste your trip moping around the hotel. Nicole Defeudis, BostonGlobe.com, "10 of the best things to do on a rainy summer day in New England," 2 May 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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moot-stow

mootworthy

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Mopan

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 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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