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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


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

Other Words from mop


mopper noun

Examples of mop in a Sentence

Verb He mopped the sweat from his brow.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Karma’s best friend, Winston (Isaia Kohn), is Dominican American, speaks Spanglish with his family and sports a mop of chestnut curls. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 At sixty, Øino has a boyish mop and the mild countenance of a country parson. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 The robot vacuum is also a mop and can switch between dry and wet modes to get your floors squeaky clean. Ariel Scotti,, 13 July 2022 That means a good cleaning regimen including hardwood floor cleaner, a gentle microfiber mop and, importantly, a great vacuum for hardwood floors. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 Michelle Williams plays Lizzy in a wavy mop of brown hair, with a slight frown, so that her whole demeanor seems repressed and a bit frumpy. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 27 May 2022 Michelle Williams plays Lizzy in a wavy mop of brown hair, with a slight frown, so that her whole demeanor seems repressed and a bit frumpy. oregonlive, 27 May 2022 This dog may look like a walking mop, but Dog Time says these unique dogs don't need to be brushed and shed minimally. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 3 May 2022 An official even tried to knock it down with a floor mop while standing on a chair. Mark Heim |, al, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Firefighters were also creating a fire break, trying to ensure the tundra doesn’t burn longer and and doing other work as part of the mop-up process, Troxel said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 29 June 2022 Fire crews were expected to remain working on the fire for several days to patrol for smoke and mop-up hot spots as needed, finish backhaul of equipment that is no longer in use and to complete suppression repair. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 For an even deeper clean on hard surfaces, the device can vacuum and mop at the same time. Isabel Garcia,, 19 Jan. 2022 While there are so many robot vacuums out there that can suck up dirt, pet hair, and crumbs, there are few that can mop, too. Sanah Faroke,, 26 Nov. 2021 Tuesday, the strong winds blew out two of his home’s windows, letting in rain and forcing the couple to continually mop their floors. Juan A. Lozano,, 14 Sep. 2021 One afternoon, my crew began a mop-up patrol in a place called Lights Creek. The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Jessica Kessinger, team lead of DSHS’ health assessment and toxicology program, said area residents can mop their floors, place rugs on both sides of their doors and remove shoes before going inside to try to limit lead contamination in their homes. Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 The road in between will remain closed as firefighters and mop-up crews continue to contend with the still-burning Dixie Fire. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mop


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mop


Middle English mappe

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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


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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