droop

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English droupen, from Old Norse drúpa (to droop), from Proto-Germanic *drūpaną, *drupōną (to hang down, drip, drop), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrewb- (to drip, drop).

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

  1. (intransitive) To hang downward; to sag.
    • 1866, John Keegan Casey, “Maire My Girl” in A Wreath of Shamrocks, Dublin: Robert S. McGee, p. 20,[1]
      On the brown harvest tree
      Droops the red cherry.
    • a. 1992, quote attributed to 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.
  2. (intransitive) To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;
      While night’s black agents to their preys do rouse.
    • 1676, Thomas Hobbes (translator), Homer’s Iliads in English, London: William Crook, Book 18, p. 289,[2]
      The Grapes that on it hung were black, and all
      The Vines supported and from drooping staid
      With silver Props, that down they could not fall []
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      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; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth [].
    • 2010, john g rees, Halocline:
      His head had drooped with his hair across his face.
    • 2012, Howie Carr, Hard Knocks:
      She was trying to hang in, but her chin was drooping onto her chest.
  3. (intransitive) To lose all energy, enthusiasm or happiness; to flag.
  4. (transitive) To allow to droop or sink.
  5. To proceed downward, or toward a close; to decline.

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droop (plural droops)

  1. Something which is limp or sagging.
  2. A condition or posture of drooping.
    He walked with a discouraged droop.
  3. (aviation) A hinged portion of the leading edge of an aeroplane's wing, which swivels downward to increase lift during takeoff and landing.

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droop

  1. singular past indicative of druipen