\ ˈmōp How to pronounce mope (audio) \
moped; moping

Definition of mope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to give oneself up to brooding : become listless or dejected I was feeling depressed and just moped around all day.
2 : to move slowly or aimlessly : dawdle the little woman does mope along in traffic— Paul Jones
3 archaic : to act in a dazed or stupid manner



Definition of mope (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that mopes
2 mopes plural : blues sense 1

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Other Words from mope


moper noun
mopey \ ˈmō-​pē How to pronounce mopey (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mope in a Sentence

Verb Like a little child, he often moped when he didn't get what he wanted. we were in a rush, and the Sunday driver in front of us was just moping along
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In one of only two top-25 clashes this week, the Fighting Irish have no time to mope after their hard-fought 23-17 loss to Georgia. Los Angeles Times, "College football games to watch: Virginia at Notre Dame is an enticing top-25 matchup," 26 Sep. 2019 Take some time to sit with your disappointment, whatever that looks like — seize the chance to mope around in a fluffy bathrobe, mow through an entire sleeve of Thin Mints, or sob in the shower. Anna Goldfarb, The Cut, "An Emotional Guide to Being Ghosted," 12 Mar. 2018 Terance Mann couldn't mope over two missed free throws that could have sealed the victory for Florida State. Gary B. Graves,, "Florida State holds off Louisville 80-76 to earn ACC road win," 4 Feb. 2018 A cat named Memphis can mope like a teenager, while Scarlett is a sneaky and graceful feline. Mary Elizabeth Davis, Southern Living, "Southern Pet Names," 1 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rather than mope after the trip's cancellation, the students chose to make a major impact on the lives of others by using the money to help the Navajo Nation, which is struggling amid the pandemic. David Blank, CNN, "A group of eighth graders had to cancel their end-of-year trip. Instead they used the trip fund to help a group in need," 3 June 2020 Amid that, though, a guy who had every reason to mope, was instead busy looking for blessings. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks Final Four season ends with a Seinfeld episode and a lesson," 2 Apr. 2020 Rob — the loafer and the mope, the impressively successful Lothario and pretentious little troll — is the protagonist of this book, which could be called autofiction (the author is also named Rob Doyle), anti-woke polemic or obsessive riff. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘Threshold’ Resurrects the Angry, Ambitious Young Man," 25 Mar. 2020 What do the helmets so many of you carp-brained mopes opt to leave at home actually protect against? Rex Huppke,, "Column: Bicyclists should be shamed into wearing helmets.," 17 Sep. 2019 Edmunds, giving away 6 inches and a good 50 pounds to Gronkowski, didn’t mope or waste a second trying to shake the cobwebs out. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "What wall? Steelers rookie Edmunds proving reliable, durable," 26 Dec. 2018 In Gilmore Girls, Jared Padalecki played the often mope-y Dean, who wasn't always great at expressing his feelings. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "12 Celebrities Who Talk About Mental Health," 10 Oct. 2018 Other than that, all you can is stay inside, mope, and wait for summer. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Do I Have Seasonal Allergies or a Cold?," 19 Apr. 2018 Singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s folktronica act Bon Iver is ready to bring the mope under the stars at Jay Pritzker Pavilion June 3 — its first Chicago show in seven years. Jessi Roti,, "Bon Iver to play Jay Pritzker Pavilion in June," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mope


1568, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mope

Verb and Noun

probably from obsolete mop, mope fool

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“Mope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mope

: to behave in a way that shows you are unhappy and depressed
: to move around slowly because you are unhappy


\ ˈmōp How to pronounce mope (audio) \
moped; moping

Kids Definition of mope

: to be in a dull and sad state of mind Don't sit home moping all the day long.— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

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