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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Verb

mopper noun

Examples of mop in a Sentence

Verb He mopped the sweat from his brow.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now the Gators’ lynchpin under the basket, Castleton has come a long way since his days of mop-up duty at Michigan, including the waning moments of the Wolverines’ win against UF in 2019 during the second round. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators big man Colin Castleton making presence felt at Big Dance," 21 Mar. 2021 That dog showed up in Rancho Cucamonga practices when Stroud was still settling for mop-up snaps behind Acosta. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How will C.J. Stroud compete to be Ohio State’s quarterback? Ask the last QB to beat out Stroud," 16 Mar. 2021 His varsity career consisted of playing in mop-up duty after the Mustangs had the game in control. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Sealed by Croff: The JV team’s leading scorer, Connor Croff saw limited minutes with Kouts’ varsity. Until the sectional final.," 7 Mar. 2021 Bimini has on a black jumpsuit and an orange wig and looks like a janitor who put a mop on his head and is pretending to be a lady. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Recap: Bimini, Mic Droppity, Boom," 4 Mar. 2021 Weatherspoon played a season-high 10 minutes of mop-up duty before fouling out in Friday’s 125-111 win over the Hawks in Atlanta. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs' Quinndary Weatherspoon out due to NBA health and safety protocols," 13 Feb. 2021 Lonnie Walker IV, the Spurs’ current starter at that position, was a rookie who totaled 21 mop-up minutes against the Nuggets. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' makeover to get a test from Denver Nuggets," 28 Jan. 2021 Reid has started nine games and 12.1 points per game while posting a true shooting percentage of .634, second-highest on the team behind Jaylen Nowell, who has played only 36 minutes mostly in mop-up duty. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves' Naz Reid: 'I hate midrange shots'," 28 Jan. 2021 None of them has thrown a pass in a college game, and Stroud and Miller saw modest mop-up time in 2020. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What Justin Fields’ NFL Draft decision means for Ohio State football: Buckeyes 2021," 18 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Weatherspoon earns praise from White Even though Quinndary Weatherspoon has been relegated to mainly mop-up duty since joining the Spurs after the G League season ended, one of his teammates believes the second-year guard is improving daily. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs like rookie Devin Vassell's willingness to listen, learn," 29 Mar. 2021 Vladar has played in one NHL game, pulling mop-up duty in a loss to the Lightning in the playoffs. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins choose Dan Vladar to start in goal Tuesday in rematch with Penguins," 16 Mar. 2021 Migrant women mop the sanctuary floors of the San Juan Apóstol Evangelical Parish. Time, "Pregnant Asylum-Seekers Needed Help at the Border. Inside the Makeshift Clinic That Provided Care—and Community," 3 Mar. 2021 The experience is valuable for a goalie that had previously only come in for mop-up duty or was given big cushions early by his team. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ Jason Robertson scores first career NHL goal with a little help from his rear end," 7 Feb. 2021 Sweep, then mop or scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors, and any other floor that needs it. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House Quickly and Efficiently," 27 Jan. 2021 Allen was only in the game for mop-up duty after Nate Peterman was benched upon throwing his second interception, which led to the Ravens building a 40-0 lead in an eventual 47-3 victory. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens AFC Divisional Playoff free live stream (1/16/21): How to watch, TV, live updates," 16 Jan. 2021 There’s an amazing new steam mop out and all the mommies have it. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Mormon Mommy Bloggers of Instagram," 25 Dec. 2020 Rubbing some salt in the Jets’ wounds, the team’s former quarterback, Geno Smith, came on in relief of Russell Wilson for mop-up duty at the end of the blowout. New York Times, "What We Learned From Week 14 of the N.F.L. Season," 13 Dec. 2020

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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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“Mop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mop. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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