\ 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


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

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

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 When devastating hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida and several Caribbean islands this summer, vacationers didn’t stay home and mope. Hugo Martin,, "Mexico scores big tourism gains after hurricanes devastate Caribbean islands," 15 Dec. 2017 Trevor (a purposefully repellent Eric T. Miller) is a mope, an industry term for a journeyman player who’s brought in when extra genitals are needed. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mope’ Examines Porn, Where a Man’s Just the Sum of His Parts," 17 Jan. 2017

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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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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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