mop

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See also: Mop, MOP, мор, and мөр

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mappe (also as mappel), perhaps borrowed 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.

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mop (plural mops)

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  1. 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.
  2. A wash with a mop; the act of mopping
    He gave the floor a quick mop to soak up the spilt juice.
  3. (humorous) A dense head of hair.
    He ran a comb through his mop and hurried out the door.
  4. (Britain, dialect) A fair where servants are hired.
  5. (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?)
  6. A made-up face; a grimace.

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  • German: Mopp

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mop (third-person singular simple present mops, present participle mopping, simple past and past participle mopped)

  1. (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
  2. (intransitive) To make a wry expression with the mouth.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (US, slang) To shoplift.
    • 2013, Martha Gever, ‎Pratibha Parmar, ‎John Greyson, Queer Looks (page 111)
      By “mopping” (stealing) the clothes and accessories necessary to effect their look, or by buying breasts, reconstructed noses, lifted chins, and female genitals, the children turn traditional ideas of labor around: []

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Etymology 1[edit]

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Noun[edit]

mop m (plural moppen, diminutive mopje n)

  1. a joke, jest
  2. (obsolete) a brick
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English mop.

Noun[edit]

mop m (plural mops, diminutive mopje n)

  1. a mop (an implement for washing floors, etc.)
    Synonym: zwabber, dekzwabber

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

mop

  1. first-person singular present indicative of moppen
  2. imperative of moppen