- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /mɒp/
- (General American) IPA(key): /mɑp/
- Rhymes: -ɒp
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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 מַפָּה (mapá, “a map; a cloth”) (shortened from מַנְפָּה (manpah, “fluttering banner, streaming cloth”)). More at map.
mop (plural mops)
- An implement for washing floors or similar, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.
- A wash with a mop; the act of mopping.
- He gave the floor a quick mop to soak up the spilt juice.
- (humorous) A dense head of hair.
- He ran a comb through his mop and hurried out the door.
- (Britain, dialect, obsolete) A fair where servants are hired.
- (African-American Vernacular, MLE, slang) A firearm particularly if it has a large magazine (compare broom, but still can be related to MP)
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:firearm
- 2021 April 7, M24 (lyrics and music), “Plugged In”, Fumez the Engineer (music), 2:16–2:19:
- Mainstream in this ting but I'm fully on opps
Got shot with a mop but that boy never dropped
- (slang) Fellatio
- 2019, “Laneswitch”, in True 2 Myself, performed by Lil Tjay:
- Had his thot give me mop in the back of my Bimmer
- (transitive) To rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop.
- to mop one's face with a handkerchief
- (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: […]
mop (plural mops)
- (Britain, dialect, obsolete) The young of any animal.
- (Britain, dialect, obsolete) A young girl; a moppet.
- A made-up face; a grimace.
- 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene i]:
- 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.
- (intransitive) To make a wry expression with the mouth.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene i]:
- Flibbertigibbet,[is scared of]moping and mowing, who since possesses chambermaids and waiting-women
- (fair where servants are hired): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary
The now-obsolete sense brick, attested from the 17th century, appears to be the oldest, with the sense cookie following in the 18th century. The exact relationship between the various later senses is unclear. The ultimate origin is unclear, but possibly corrupted from mok (“mug, cup”).
- a joke, jest
- a tune, melody
- a type of cookie
- (endearing, often in the diminutive) a woman or girl
- (obsolete) a brick
- The use as an affectionate term of address is often as a diminutive, and specifically in the non-standard form moppie. The standard diminutive mopje is never used for this sense.
- → Papiamentu: mòp
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
mop f (plural mops)
- Alternative form of
mop m inan
- mop in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- mop in Polish dictionaries at PWN
mop n (plural mopuri)
- mop (an implement for washing floors)