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mop

noun \ ˈmäp \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of mop

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

Recent Examples of mop from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mop

Middle English mappe


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mop

verb

Definition of mop

mopped; mopping
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

mopper

noun

Examples of mop in a Sentence

  1. He mopped the sweat from his brow.

Recent Examples of mop from the Web

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First Known Use of mop

1709


MOP Defined for English Language Learners

mop

noun

Definition of mop for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of mop for English Language Learners

  • : to clean (a floor) with a mop

  • : to wipe (something that is wet)

  • : to wipe (a liquid) from something


MOP Defined for Kids

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mop

noun \ ˈmäp \

Definition of mop for Students

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

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mop

verb

Definition of mop for Students

mopped; mopping
: 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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