Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To bend or hang downward: "His mouth drooped sadly, pulled down, no doubt, by the plump weight of his jowls” ( Gore Vidal).
  • intransitive v. To bend or sag gradually: flowers drooping in the midday heat.
  • intransitive v. To sag in dejection or exhaustion: drooped from lack of sleep.
  • transitive v. To let bend or hang down: "He drooped his body over the rail” ( Norman Mailer).
  • n. The act or condition of drooping.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sink or hang downward; to sag.
  • v. To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.
  • v. To lose all enthusiasm or happiness.
  • n. something which is limp or sagging; a condition or posture of drooping

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive 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.
  • intransitive v. To grow weak or faint with disappointment, grief, or like causes; to be dispirited or depressed; to languish.
  • intransitive v. To proceed downward, or toward a close; to decline.
  • transitive v. To let droop or sink.
  • n. A drooping.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English droupen, from Old Norse drūpa; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English droupen, from Old Norse drúpa. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • It seems that wife, Maureen was keen to try something a little different to avoid the traditional, emotional disappointment inflicted upon her spirit by the annual Xmas tree 'droop' in the Roberts household.

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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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  • There was no superfluous flesh about him; he was tall and muscular, with well - knit limbs, broad shoulders, and a head altogether lacking in the humble or conciliatory 'droop' which all worldly-wise parsons cultivate for the benefit of their rich patrons.

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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.

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  • 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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  • Ah, Peter! some maid will see the lovelight aflame in 'em some day, an 'droop' er 'ead an' blush an 'tremble -- for she'll know, Peter, she'll know; maids was made to be loved, Peter -- "

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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

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  • 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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