Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A household implement made of absorbent material attached to a typically long handle and used for washing, dusting, or drying floors.
  • n. A loosely tangled bunch or mass: a mop of unruly hair.
  • transitive v. To wash or wipe with or as if with a mop: mopped the hallway; mopping the spilled water; mopped her forehead with a towel.
  • intransitive v. To use a mop to wash or dry surfaces: mopped along the baseboards.
  • mop up To clear (an area) of remaining enemy troops after a victory.
  • mop up Informal To perform the minor tasks that conclude a project or an activity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An implement for washing floors, or the like, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.
  • n. A dense head of hair.
  • n. A fair where servants are hired.
  • n. The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.
  • n. A made-up face; a grimace.
  • v. To rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A made-up face; a grimace.
  • n. An implement for washing floors, or the like, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.
  • n. A fair where servants are hired.
  • n. The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.
  • intransitive v. To make a wry mouth.
  • transitive v. To rub or wipe with a mop, or as with a mop

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a wry mouth.
  • To fidget about.
  • To rub or wipe with or as with a mop; clean with a mop.
  • To muffle up.
  • To drink greedily.
  • n. A wry mouth; a pout; a grimace.
  • n. A pouting person, especially a pouting child; hence, a pet child; a child; a young girl; a moppet.
  • n. A young fish. See the quotation under def. 2.
  • n. 4. The haddock.
  • n. A fool.
  • n. A napkin.
  • n. A bunch of thrums or coarse yarn, or a piece of cloth, fastened to a long handle and used for cleaning floors, windows, carriages, etc. A smaller utensil of the same sort is used for washing dishes, etc.
  • n. Anything having the shape or appearance of a mop.
  • n. A statute fair to which servants of all kinds come to be hired by farmers and others.
  • n. A tuft of grass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip
  • v. to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
  • n. cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors

Etymologies

Middle English mappe, perhaps from Old French dialectal, napkin, from Latin mappa, towel, cloth; see map.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Yes, moppet.

    June 14, 2009

  • but you will now, just to catch the MOP in action

    June 14, 2009

  • It's a nice change from kippers

    June 14, 2009

  • I've never said "a dozen eggs and four oranges".

    June 14, 2009

  • in phonological parlance, the Maximum Onset Principle; in an utterance with many contiguous syllables, coda consonants will move to the right into available onset positions. Thus, when we say "a dozen eggs and four oranges", the syllable form is actually "a do ze negg zand fo roranges".

    June 14, 2009

  • Jane Smiley on housecleaning.

    February 1, 2008