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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Other Words from mop

Verb

mopper noun

Examples of mop in a Sentence

Verb

He mopped the sweat from his brow.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Or how about the Swiffer mop, or the Impossible burger? Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Swiffer. Blackberry. PowerBook. Meet the Bay Area man who named your favorite products," 7 Sep. 2019 Or how about the Swiffer mop, or the Impossible burger? Erica Hernandez, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 6 Sep. 2019 Or as Bill so eloquently put it: don’t just grab a mop, reach for a paint brush. David Meyer, Fortune, "Designing a Sustainable Future: CEO Daily," 6 Sep. 2019 Wife: Seeking thirty- to thirty-eight-year-old woman for mop commercial. Keaton Patti, The New Yorker, "Commercial Casting Breakdowns," 16 Aug. 2019 Atmospheric vacuum breaker at mop sink in poor condition. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Moldy cheese among violations found during restaurant inspections," 4 Sep. 2019 Annapurna Pictures In Destroyer, Kidman wears a dirty, worn-out mop of a wig that’s as gritty as the film’s plot, which follows the existential breakdown of an LAPD detective. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "A brief history of Nicole Kidman’s iconic wigs," 22 Aug. 2019 Soofi is a waifish man with glittering eyes and a tumultuous mop of prematurely graying hair. Karan Mahajan, The New Yorker, "The Delhi Walla’s Visions of a Possibly Vanishing India," 11 Aug. 2019 New Minnesota United multi-million dollar signing Thomas Chacon is one of the latest products of that pipeline, and the diminutive midfielder with a distinctive blond mop-top arrived at Minneapolis-St. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Thomas Chacon’s Uruguayan pedigree sets up transition to Minnesota United," 18 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Saturday afternoon, some of that peacefulness vanished when cyclists and moped riders got into a fight in the middle of a Cheesman Park street. Ivan Rodriguez, The Denver Post, "Fight in Cheesman Park between cyclists and scooter riders caught on video," 15 Sep. 2019 The blitz coincided with efforts to mop and buff floors more frequently. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Homeless people were pushed from BART stations. Now they’re riding the trains," 5 Sep. 2019 DeLozier said some people also have recognized the red moped that was seen in the video. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Officials: Man snatches $27,000 worth of electronics from Louisville Catholic school," 23 Aug. 2019 Exclusive: Man has scary crash on a Revel moped just hours after their DC debut. Washington Post, "D.C.'s first Revel moped crash was reported Sunday. The rider hit a pothole and fell off.," 20 Aug. 2019 Revel, an electric moped sharing startup, recently launched in Brooklyn and Queens. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit New York City," 20 Aug. 2019 Electric moped sharing startup Revel is expanding beyond New York City and into Washington, DC. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Electric moped startup Revel expands into Washington, DC," 13 Aug. 2019 Every day an attendant puts fresh washcloths scented with eucalyptus oil in a cold refrigerator for people who want to mop their brows while exercising. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles apartment owners race to add luxury amenities," 11 Aug. 2019 Just inside the door to the gym, an interior-design graduate student was moping. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "Equinox Members Take a Stand Against Trump (Sort of)," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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moot-stow

mootworthy

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Mopan

mopani

mopboard

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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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