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From Middle English droupen, from Old Norse drúpa.



droop (third-person singular simple present droops, present participle drooping, simple past and past participle drooped)

  1. (intransitive) To sink or hang downward; to sag.
    • Sylvester Stallone
      I'm not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren't straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer, but somehow it all works.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 3, The Younger Set[1]:
      Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped ; … .
  2. (intransitive) To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.
  3. (intransitive) To lose all enthusiasm or happiness.
    • Jonathan Swift
      I saw him ten days before he died, and observed he began very much to droop and languish.
    • Addison
      I'll animate the soldier's drooping courage.
  4. (transitive) To allow to droop or sink.
    • Shakespeare
      Like to a withered vine / That droops his sapless branches to the ground.
  5. To proceed downward, or toward a close; to decline.
    • Tennyson
      when day drooped


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droop (plural droops)

  1. something which is limp or sagging; a condition or posture of drooping
    He walked with a discouraged droop.

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  1. singular past indicative of druipen