Borrowing from Walloon mappe (“napkin”), from Latin mappa (“napkin, cloth”). Believed to be from a Semitic source, variously claimed as Phoenician or Punic (the latter by Quintilian). Compare Modern Hebrew מפה (mapá, “a map; a cloth”) (shortened from menaphah a fluttering banner, streaming cloth). More at map.
mop (plural mops)
- An implement for washing floors, or the like, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.
- (humorous) A dense head of hair.
- He ran a comb through his mop and hurried out the door.
- (Britain, dialect) A fair where servants are hired.
- (Britain, dialect) The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
- A made-up face; a grimace.
- (Can we date this quote?) Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
- What mops and mowes it makes! --
- 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
- Before you can say 'Come' and 'Go,'
- And breathe twice; and cry 'so, so,'
- Each one, tripping on his toe,
- Will be here with mop and mow.
implement for washing floors
- Albanian: shtupë (sq) f
- Arabic: مِمْسَحَة f (mimsaḥa)
- Hijazi Arabic: مِمْسَحَة f (mimsaḥa)
- Moroccan Arabic: جفّافة f (jaffâfa)
- Armenian: պոլի փեդ (poli pʿed)
- Basque: please add this translation if you can
- Belarusian: швабра f (švábra)
- Catalan: pal de fregar m
- Mandarin: 拖把 (zh) (tuōbǎ)
- Dutch: zwabber (nl), dekzwabber m, mop (nl) m
- Esperanto: ŝvabrilo
- Finnish: moppi (fi)
- French: serpillière (fr) f, (Quebec) vadrouille (fr) f, (Quebec) mop (fr) f, torchon (fr) (Belgium)
- Georgian: შვაბრა (švabra)
- German: Mopp (de) m
- Greek: σφουγγαρίστρα (el) f (sfoungarístra)
- Hebrew: please add this translation if you can
- Hungarian: felmosórongy (hu)
- Icelandic: moppa (is) f, þvegill (is) m
- Ido: swabro (io)
- Irish: mapa m, strailleán m
- Italian: lavapavimenti m, spazzolone m, scopino (it) m
- Japanese: モップ (móppu)
- Korean: 대걸레 (ko) (daegeolle), 자루 걸레 (jaru geolle)
- Maori: mapu
- Mongolian: please add this translation if you can
- Bokmål: mopp m
- Nynorsk: mopp m
- Old English: please add this translation if you can
- Persian: please add this translation if you can
- Polish: mop (pl) m
- Portuguese: esfregão (pt) m
- Russian: шва́бра (ru) f (švábra)
- Scottish Gaelic: sguab f
- Spanish: chascona f (Chile), coleto m (Venezuela - especially colloquial usage ; strictly speaking, "coleto" means "floorcloth"), fregona f (Spain), lampazo m (Argentina, Nicaragua, Northwestern Venezuela), mapo m (Puerto Rico), mechudo m (Mexico), mocho m (Eastern Spain), mopa f (Venezuela - especially commercial usage), palo de trapear m (Cuba), suape m (Dominican Republic), trapeador m (Central America, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru), trapero m (Colombia)
- Swahili: deki (sw)
- Swedish: mopp (sv) c
- Tagalog: lampaso
- Thai: ไม้ถูบ้าน (máai tŏo bâan)
- Turkish: paspas (tr)
- Ukrainian: швабра f (švábra)
- Vietnamese: cán lau nhà
- Walloon: loke a rlocter (wa) f, drap d' måjhon (wa) m, wite (wa) f, såpire (wa) f
mop (third-person singular simple present mops, present participle mopping, simple past and past participle mopped)
- (transitive) To rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop.
- to mop (or scrub) a floor
- to mop one's face with a handkerchief
- (intransitive) To make a wry expression with the mouth.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
to rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop
mop m (plural moppen, diminutive mopje n)
- a joke, jest, hoax
mop m (plural mops, diminutive mopje n)
- a mop (an implement for washing floors, etc.)
- Synonyms: zwabber, dekzwabber
- first-person singular present indicative of moppen
- imperative of moppen