\ 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

Other Words from mope


moper noun
mopey \ ˈmō-​pē How to pronounce mope (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 According to Limitless International owner Dawaun Wells, St. Louis accepted that as a challenge and didn’t mope. Gregg Voss,, 26 Jan. 2022 As this revelation sinks in, Nany and Kaycee mope on the sidelines thinking about how their dream of crossing the finish line together as a couple has died. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 16 Dec. 2021 Joe Exotic isn’t the type to mope around after a paramour dumps him for a bright (ha!) future in butthole lighteners. Joan Kubicek, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 Brosnahan looks sad and exquisite, kind of like if a Renoir painting came to life and wanted to mope on a chaise lounge for a few hours to contemplate sentiency. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2021 While everyone watched with heated anticipation to see how the spider (his clothing brand’s symbol) would spring to life, the arachnid did little but stand still and mope — a Spinal Tap-like Stonehenge totem. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 Those with college ambitions either could mope and wallow in sorrow or figure out ways to move forward on their own. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 Moffett and Nathanson note that many cable providers, which make much better margins selling internet access, no longer mope much about TV cord cutting. Rob Pegoraro, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Rather than mope about a No Texan Day, the ever-optimistic HLSR plans to push ahead with a virtual celebration of Go Texan Day, extending it to a month via its social media accounts with #GoTexanDay. Andrew Dansby, Preview | Houston Arts & Entertainment Guide, 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Segel delivers another of his compellingly muted takes on a wary mope, constantly on the lookout for what will go wrong next. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 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, 3 June 2020 Amid that, though, a guy who had every reason to mope, was instead busy looking for blessings. oregonlive, 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, 25 Mar. 2020 What do the helmets so many of you carp-brained mopes opt to leave at home actually protect against? Rex Huppke,, 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, 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, 10 Oct. 2018 Other than that, all you can is stay inside, mope, and wait for summer. Katie Heaney, The Cut, 19 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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\ 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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