1 of 2


: an implement made of absorbent material fastened to a handle and used especially for cleaning floors
: something that resembles a mop
especially : a thick mass of hair


2 of 2


mopped; mopping

transitive verb

: to use a mop on
specifically : to clean or clear away by mopping
mop the floors
often used with up
mop up the spillage
: 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
mopper noun

Examples of mop in a Sentence

Verb He mopped the sweat from his brow.
Recent Examples on the Web
He and six other correction officers were ordered to remove an inmate from his cell, but the detainee didn’t want to come out, throwing water on the floor and a mop at the officers, the suit alleges. John Annese, New York Daily News, 8 July 2024 In your flood kit, keep cleaning supplies such as bleach, mops, and buckets on hand. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2024
After vacuuming, mop the floor with a disinfecting solution. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2024 Unlike some robot vacuums, this one can even mop your floors. Hyphensocial Contributors, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for mop 

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Word History



Middle English mappe

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a tool for cleaning made of a bundle of cloth or yarn or a sponge fastened to a handle
: something resembling a mop
a tangled mop of hair


2 of 2 verb
mopped; mopping
: to wipe or clean with or as if with a mop
mop the floor
mopped my brow with a handkerchief

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