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 Many homeowners already own several appliances that can effectively get rid of fleas: a broom, a vacuum cleaner and a steam mop. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of fleas," 18 Apr. 2021 Let the bots do all the work for you, from a smart mop to a self-charging vacuum cleaner. Elizabeth Brownfield, Vogue, "Everything You Need for a Deep Spring Clean," 23 Mar. 2021 Rather than boasting extending arms and articulating heads, these floor scrubbers are designed like an old-fashioned mop, but deliver two flat, spinning brushes to clean up dirt, pet messes, and dust. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best spin scrubber: For floors so clean, they squeak," 16 Mar. 2021 There’s also a talking mop named Steve, which, hey, why not. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Waffles + Mochi Is Educational, Trippy, and a Bit Overstuffed," 16 Mar. 2021 Hundreds of people have shown off their home cleaning projects and hacks, leading to a handful of products going viral — including this super convenient cordless vacuum that's also a mop. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "This Cordless Vacuum-Mop Hybrid Can't Stay in Stock After Going Viral on TikTok — but It’s Back on Amazon," 24 Feb. 2021 Items such as mop heads can get stuck in mains and block pipes. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Somebody is flushing mop heads down the toilet in Crystal," 13 Apr. 2021 And the right vacuum can help sweep what a dust pan or mop might miss. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "The best affordable vacuums under $100 of 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 The Coredy vacuum comes with several tools and accessories, like a water tank, mop cloths, an extra high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and boundary strips. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "PSA: This Top-Rated Robot Vacuum-Mop Is Secretly $100 Off on Amazon Right Now," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This innovative feature made possible by Roborock’s new ultrasonic carpet recognition technology enables the S7 to mop hard floors and vacuum carpets in one, single cleaning session, without interruption. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to save $50 on the Roborock S7 with crazy new sonic mopping tech," 29 Mar. 2021 Weatherspoon earns praise from White Even though Quinndary Weatherspoon has been relegated to mainly mop-up duty since joining the Spurs after the G League season ended, one of his teammates believes the second-year guard is improving daily. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs like rookie Devin Vassell's willingness to listen, learn," 29 Mar. 2021 Vladar has played in one NHL game, pulling mop-up duty in a loss to the Lightning in the playoffs. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins choose Dan Vladar to start in goal Tuesday in rematch with Penguins," 16 Mar. 2021 Migrant women mop the sanctuary floors of the San Juan Apóstol Evangelical Parish. Time, "Pregnant Asylum-Seekers Needed Help at the Border. Inside the Makeshift Clinic That Provided Care—and Community," 3 Mar. 2021 The experience is valuable for a goalie that had previously only come in for mop-up duty or was given big cushions early by his team. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ Jason Robertson scores first career NHL goal with a little help from his rear end," 7 Feb. 2021 Sweep, then mop or scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors, and any other floor that needs it. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Here's How to Clean Your House Quickly and Efficiently," 27 Jan. 2021 Allen was only in the game for mop-up duty after Nate Peterman was benched upon throwing his second interception, which led to the Ravens building a 40-0 lead in an eventual 47-3 victory. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens AFC Divisional Playoff free live stream (1/16/21): How to watch, TV, live updates," 16 Jan. 2021 There’s an amazing new steam mop out and all the mommies have it. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Mormon Mommy Bloggers of Instagram," 25 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of mop was in the 15th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Mop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mop. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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