Definition of mope in English:

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Pronunciation: /mōp/


[no object]
1Be dejected and apathetic: no use moping—things could be worse
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  • For the record, here, I'm not moping or sulking or whining, I'm just reflecting, trying to be introspective.
  • Karl is moping in the bar over his failed relationship.
  • Why waste time moping over the fact that he's not into you in that way?
brood, sulk, be miserable, be despondent, pine, eat one's heart out, fret, grieve
informal be down in the dumps, be down in/at the mouth
literary repine
1.1 (mope around/about) Wander around listlessly and aimlessly because of unhappiness or boredom: moping around at home won’t get you anywhere
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  • But being miserable and moping around the house isn't doing me any favours either, so I finally decided to hunt out an appropriate activity.
  • Are you finding yourself moping around the house in the depths of despair, the wrong results in your hands and feeling unsure about what to do with your life?
  • My mom stopped asking me why I was moping around the house instead of doing something productive.
languish, moon, idle, loaf
informal lollygag


1A person given to prolonged spells of low spirits: they’re just a bunch of mopes
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  • The guy's just a big mope.
  • New: a whinge
1.1 (mopes) dated Low spirits; depression.
Example sentences
  • Everyone seemed to have a good time, even Fiona, who was apparently trying to get over having the mopes whenever she was not the direct focus of Albert's attention.



Example sentences
  • Unlike mere trendy mopers, genuinely depressive musicians are often reluctant to deal with their darkest feelings.
  • I can be a moper and a downright bore if left to my own devices at times.
  • But he would look like more of a moper if he said no.


(also mopy) adjective
Example sentences
  • Actually he really is better then the average guy when we go shopping, well unless it takes too long because then he will start yawning very often and look all miserable and mopy.
  • ‘I was a bit mopey and miserable.
  • I'm mopey and cranky and uninspired these days.


Pronunciation: /ˈmōpəlē/
Example sentences
  • She is so mopily irritating that it is hard to care what happens to her.
  • The kids are kicking around the house mopily, needing chores, but I haven't got much for them to do.
  • These people barely look old enough to be in the room, and they're all dancing mopily with one another in a big, buzzy swarm.


Pronunciation: /ˈmōpēnis/
Example sentences
  • The problem facing the poems is usually how to redeem the mopiness.
  • What about the general malaise, the mopiness and lethargy that accompany a wide range of illnesses?
  • It also causes mood swings, from bouncing off the walls to mopiness and depression.


Pronunciation: /ˈmōpiSH/
Example sentences
  • After it had been a while and I looked fairly mopish my mother dragged me to West Hartford for a trim.
  • In the film Stanton is less grand and less sexy, and Travolta plays it subdued, a tad mopish.
  • He himself was mopish and brooding.


Mid 16th century (the early noun sense being 'fool or simpleton'): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish dialect mopa 'to sulk'.

Words that rhyme with mope

aslope, cope, dope, elope, grope, hope, interlope, lope, nope, ope, pope, rope, scope, soap, taupe, tope, trope

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