from The Century Dictionary.

  • Open.
  • To open.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Poetic Open.
  • verb Poetic To open.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective archaic open
  • verb archaic To open.


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  • I came across your site when searching for the origin of "ope". (H)OPE.

  • So it appears the two words originally had two distinct meanings – "ope" possibly meant a fissure in a rock? and "hope" meant a valley, but these distinctions have since on the whole been blurred. (H)OPE.

  • These are ancient and may have Scandinavian origins - they are all recessed beaches coves, landing places or access ways: This points to 'ope' being an opening for landing, and I am sure William Barnes was right. (H)OPE.

  • "I can't see 'im nowhere, I' ope 'e ain't gone overboard, poor little chap."

    More Cargoes 1897

  • "I do 'ope' e ain't been layin '' is 'and on yer."

    Essays in Rebellion

  • I 'ope' e's got summat in 'is pockets arter we've bin takin' all this trouble. "

    Combed Out

  • I 'ope's it do, for love's a pretty thing when you're young -- I know, for I was young once -- aye an' 'ansome too, I was -- "

    Peregrine's Progress

  • I 'ope' e ain't gone overboard, pore little chap. "

    Sea Urchins

  • MRS. STUBBS: "Well, I 'ope' e'd better luck with 'is than I' ave.

    Mr. Punch's History of the Great War

  • _ "Well, I 'ope' e'd better luck with 'is than I' ave.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 29, 1916


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  • "Behold, the heavens do ope,

    The gods look down, and this unnatural scene

    They laugh at."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009

  • Short passage or entrance found in Cornish towns, e.g., Penzance; to be distinguished from ope or 'ope, a deaspirated expression of expectation, and from ope, a clipped version of open.

    June 2, 2012

  • Examples citing P ope Benedict are exemplary.

    June 2, 2012