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From Middle English glopnen, from Old Norse glúpna (to frighten, grieve, look downcast), from Proto-Germanic *glupnōną (to frighten, cause to stare), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰlub(ʰ)- (to yawn, gape). Cognate with Icelandic glúpna (to put to shame). More at glope.


gloppen (third-person singular simple present gloppens, present participle gloppening, simple past and past participle gloppened)

  1. (intransitive, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To be in fear; gaze in alarm or astonishment; look downcast
    • 1848, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2000:
      "O Job! if you will help me," exclaimed Mary, brightening up (though it was but a wintry gleam after all), "tell me what to say, when they question me; I shall be so gloppened,* I shan't know what to answer." / *Gloppened; terrified.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To terrify; astonish; surprise.
    • 2006, Jeremy Iverson, High School Confidential: Secrets of an Undercover Student[2], →ISBN, page 59:
      A pause before the intense guy cut in: "The Word of the Day is gloppen. Verb, transitive and intransitive. … One. To surprise or astonish. Two. To be startled or astonished. Gloppen."

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  1. plural of glop