American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bend or hang downward: "His mouth drooped sadly, pulled down, no doubt, by the plump weight of his jowls” ( Gore Vidal).
- v. To bend or sag gradually: flowers drooping in the midday heat.
- v. To sag in dejection or exhaustion: drooped from lack of sleep.
- v. To let bend or hang down: "He drooped his body over the rail” ( Norman Mailer).
- n. The act or condition of drooping.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sink or hang down; bend or hang downward, as from weakness or exhaustion.
- To languish from grief or other cause; fall into a state of physical weakness.
- To fail or sink; flag; decline; be dispirited: as, the courage droops; the spirits droop.
- To tend gradually downward or toward a close.
- To drip; be wet with water.
- To let sink or hang_down: as, to droop the head.
- n. The act of drooping, or of bending or hanging down; a drooping position or state.
- v. intransitive To sink or hang downward; to sag.
- v. intransitive To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.
- v. intransitive To lose all enthusiasm or happiness.
- n. something which is limp or sagging; a condition or posture of drooping
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hang bending downward; to sink or hang down, as an animal, plant, etc., from physical inability or exhaustion, want of nourishment, or the like.
- v. To grow weak or faint with disappointment, grief, or like causes; to be dispirited or depressed; to languish.
- v. To proceed downward, or toward a close; to decline.
- v. rare To let droop or sink.
- n. A drooping.
- v. hang loosely or laxly
- n. a shape that sags
- v. become limp
- v. droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
- From Middle English droupen, from Old Norse drúpa. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English droupen, from Old Norse drūpa; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Eventually, though, the leaves will begin to droop, which is a sure sign it needs water.”
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“The precision ( "droop") of this unit is less than 1%, hence considerably better than the mechanical unit.”
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“They kissed in the hallway, and while she was being shown around the house, Miss Benjamin's eyes began to "droop" and her mouth began to froth before she collapsed.”
“LF: Can you find a more gelatinous one and kind of droop it over his hand between his thumb and forefinger?”
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“His mouth stretches into the rotten-toothed leer that manages to achieve sexy and forsaken with one tongue-lurching spasm - he can still do that - and his eyelids droop slow until his long lashes meet his cheekbones, his lips settle into that bow-shaped kiss-pout carved proud from plums”
“His hands droop and his lips slow and he seems to be winding down, so I tap on the window and he opens his eyes.”
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