Origin of mopeakin to Middle Dutch mopen, Swedish dialect, dialectal mopa ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mu-, echoic of sound made with tightly closed lips from source mutter, Classical Latin mutus
- to make gloomy, dull, etc.: used reflexively and in the passive
- to pass in gloom, dullness, etc.: with away
- a person who mopes or is inclined to mope
- low spirits: with the
intransitive verbmoped, mop·ing, mopes
- To think gloomily and persistently about something; be dejected. See Synonyms at brood.
- To move in a listless or aimless manner, especially from being sad or depressed: moped about the house all summer.
- A person given to gloomy or dejected moods.
- mopes Low spirits; the blues. Often used with the.
Origin of mopeOrigin unknown.
- mop′ish, mop′ey
(third-person singular simple present mopes, present participle moping, simple past and past participle moped)
- A dull, spiritless person.
- (pornography industry) A bottom feeder who "mopes" around a pornography studio hoping for his big break and often does bit parts in exchange for room and board and meager pay.
Compare Danish mÃ¥be, German muffen.