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

Angel hair just lands on your chin like the strands of a wet mop. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "You Couldn’t Pay Me to Eat Angel Hair," 25 July 2019 As a result, trying to guess just which iteration of the posh boy with the blonde mop walked into No. Marie Le Conte, Quartz, "Boris Johnson’s cabinet shows us exactly what kind of leader he will be," 25 July 2019 Then a group of about eight people dust, mop, scrub and do whatever needs to be done to make the space ready for guests. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "One year after the fire, Kentucky Center is still picking up the pieces," 12 June 2019 His hair had ballooned into a thick, curly mop by the time the Assembly and Senate passed the proposal in June. USA TODAY, "Barbie, Tupac, scorpions and Red Vines: News from around our 50 states," 19 July 2019 About once a month, damp-mop the floor for a thorough deep cleaning. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Laminate Floors (Without Ruining Them)," 28 Mar. 2019 And what’s more OCD than carrying a bag that could double as a mop? Indya Brown, The Cut, "Just in Time for Spring Cleaning: The Clutch That Looks Like a Mop," 29 Mar. 2018 Parting Shot Conjure up Pete Rose sliding headfirst: Arms outstretched, mop of hair blown back, flying through the air like Superman. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nuggets land Bol Bol: What the national media thought of Denver’s draft night," 24 June 2019 But detectives found a pile of bloody towels, a bloody mop, bloody footprints and the strong smell of bleach in the house, as well as defensive wounds on Michael Redlick, who worked as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida. Fox News, "Florida woman accused of murdering her husband was once his stepdaughter: report," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company is also expected to roll out its own electric moped. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s new electric scooter has a better battery and anti-vandalism sensors," 1 Aug. 2019 Pribish's facility is cleaned daily with a surface disinfectant and decontaminant, is vacuumed and mopped daily, and gets spot cleanings throughout the day. Scott Douglas, sun-sentinel.com, "Your gym is teeming with invisible members: Germs. Here’s how to avoid them.," 29 July 2019 So manager Bruce Bochy's dejected, depleted lineup moped onto the diamond at Coors Field on Monday, scored 12 runs by the third inning and steamrolled the Rockies 19-2 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants embarrass Rockies at Coors — eight RBIs for Brandon Crawford in 19-2 rout," 15 July 2019 Which moped with the chrome plated handlebars at the back of the yard? Paul Grimstad, The New Yorker, "The Absolute Originality of Georges Perec," 16 July 2019 Such precautions include draining the bathtubs, covering the toilet seats and dumping out buckets of water after mopping the floor so children do not topple head first into them. Baylor College Of Medicine, Houston Chronicle, "Baylor College of Medicine provides water safety guidelines to prevent drowning," 11 July 2019 Toilets are mounted to the wall instead of the floor so cleaners can actually mop underneath them. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Try Stall Tactic: Better Bathrooms," 2 Jan. 2019 The least expensive model in our test, this little wunderkind will mop and sweep hardwood, tile, and stone surfaces. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Robot Vacuums, According to Cleaning Experts," 21 Nov. 2018 Cam responds to this by moping around the mansion playing sad harmonica songs and generally being the worst. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Episode 2, Recap: What’s the Deal With Luke P.?," 21 May 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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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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