An example of mop is to use a paper towel to wipe up a spill.
A mop of unruly hair.
Mopped the hallway; mopping the spilled water; mopped her forehead with a towel.
Mopped along the baseboards.
An example of a mop is a rope cleaning tool used to clean the kitchen floor.
An example of a mop is a shaggy hairstyle.
- to finish a task
- to defeat decisively
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of mop
- Early Modern English map, mop probably shortening of Middle English mappel ultimately (perhaps via Medieval Latin mappula table cloth) from Latin mappa towel, cloth map
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition