Definition of droop in English:



  • 1 Bend or hang downward limply.

    ‘a long black cloak drooped from his shoulders’
    • ‘His black hair drooped pathetically, still damp from the pool.’
    • ‘A black t-shirt drooped over his chest, covering what seemed to be hard muscle that also covered his legs and arms.’
    • ‘Within the room, the dagger was drooping downward.’
    • ‘Lower branches are pendulous or drooping downward, middle branches stick out horizontally, and upper ones are quite upright.’
    • ‘But her feet drag as the weight of life's depression droops heavily on her shoulders.’
    • ‘I don't mean the crazy shattered glass style tattooage plastered across her back, drooping over her shoulders.’
    • ‘Above audience and performers alike, an inner ceiling droops downwards in sail-like sleeves that both help disperse sound and secrete necessary technical apparatus.’
    • ‘This helps prevent them from drooping or even completely bending over and breaking their stalks.’
    • ‘A cigarette drooped limply from the corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘There sat my mother, her black hair a mass of curls drooping over her shoulders, a wide smile curving her mouth and stars sparkling in her dark blue eyes.’
    • ‘Her long hair drooped carelessly over her shoulders and down her back.’
    • ‘Mopheads bloom in solid masses, their clusters often so heavy that they cause their stems to droop and bend.’
    • ‘His usually black spiked-up hair abnormally drooped down onto his forehead, a certain sign that he had been out for a workout.’
    • ‘A few feet away, his knees bent and his feet drooping off the edge of a bench, Devin was waking as well.’
    • ‘It has tall, multi-coloured apartment towers that bend and droop, and people drop extended planks between buildings to visit each other.’
    • ‘This was all too easy, he thought, as he gathered her up in his arms, her feet over one and her neck drooping dreamily downwards over the other.’
    hang down, hang, dangle, bend, bow, stoop, sag, sink, slump, fall down, drop, flop, wilt, become limp, become flaccid, drape
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    1. 1.1Sag down from or as if from weariness or dejection.
      ‘his eyelids drooped and he became drowsy’
      figurative ‘the scenes are so lengthy that the reader's spirits droop’
      • ‘Mark stepped off of the train, his eyes slightly drooping, and his black high-tops dragging behind him on the floor.’
      • ‘Her shoulders drooped a bit and her back was not quite so perfectly straight.’
      • ‘Russ's ears drooped and his tail hung between his legs.’
      • ‘Her eyes began to droop and dark half-moons hung underneath.’
      • ‘David turned away wearily, shoulders drooping.’
      • ‘My shoulders drooped and my eyes caught sight of the floral calendar hanging on the wall.’
      • ‘Her arm stayed where it was, hanging limp at her side as her head drooped again.’
      • ‘His eyes burned with weariness and his eyelids drooped.’
      • ‘His eyelids drooped, and his head lolled forward.’
      • ‘He said he had noticed that they all started with the same scraggy street kid hair cuts, their shoulders drooped, they were shy and they were scared.’
      • ‘Bert closed his eyes, his thin shoulders drooping.’
      • ‘Her mouth drooped sadly, the earnest expression coming into her eyes again.’
      • ‘Max's ears drooped a bit and he looked down at the waves lapping at their toes.’
      • ‘Her mom continued to regard Vicki with a softer version of the smile, which made Vicki look away and her lips droop downward.’
      • ‘My eyelids drooped, my head went back and, next I knew, it was lunch time.’
      • ‘My mother turned back to her cooking, but her shoulders drooped and head hung down.’
      • ‘Her eyelids were drooping and she was shivering.’
      • ‘Slowly my own eyelids began to droop with weariness.’
      • ‘The phone conversation must have lasted seven or eight minutes tops, and by the time it was finished, Katie's head drooped with weariness.’
      • ‘His tail drooped limply and she noticed that though he usually looked quite joyful and energetic, it now seemed that almost all his energy had run out.’
      close, shut, fall
      be despondent, lose heart, give up hope, become dispirited, become dejected, despond
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    2. 1.2[with object]Cause to bend or hang downward.
      ‘James hid his face in his hands and drooped his head’
      • ‘Neither horse looked tired even though they were both drooping their heads.’
      • ‘The tail is cocked when alighting and the bird droops wings when displaying.’
      • ‘He slouched and drooped his arms in a bored manner.’
      • ‘It drooped its ears and tail, plagued with worry.’
      • ‘He drooped his head and trailed off.’
      • ‘He drooped his head onto his desk and sighed softly.’
      • ‘I am reluctant, droop my head, claim to be tired/unwilling/sick of being a show pony.’
      • ‘It drooped its head like a dog and growled softly.’


  • [in singular] An act or instance of drooping; a limp or weary attitude.

    ‘the exhausted droop of her shoulders’
    • ‘She was barely 5ft tall and, walking with a slight droop of the shoulders, looked shorter still.’
    • ‘There was a look of sorrow and concern in her eyes, emphasised by a slight droop of her mouth.’
    • ‘Her extraocular movements are normal, her cranial nerves are intact, and she has no facial droop.’
    • ‘William's eyebrows shot up in bewilderment, and there was a twist in his mouth that nearly resembled an astonished droop.’
    • ‘The bill is relatively short and fine-tipped, with a slight droop at the end.’
    • ‘For example, as the three maple panels took shape, a woodworking friend noticed that a slight droop had appeared at one end.’
    • ‘He lifted up his chin, and his eyes rose to the level of the screen, compensating for the sudden droop of his eyebrows, and for the way the corners of his mouth had gone slack.’
    • ‘Minimizing the droop would enable the shaft to deliver the clubhead to the ball in a more consistent and efficient manner.’
    • ‘In that swift glance, she acknowledged the sleepy glaze in those brilliant green eyes, the slight droop to her shoulders.’
    • ‘Miraculously, the droop in one of the leaves is gone.’
    • ‘I sat on a bench shrouded in soft pillows, unaware of time's passage as I stared out the window, mesmerized by the droop and sway of the blossoms in the breeze.’
    • ‘If you get an eyebrow droop, it goes away very quickly.’
    • ‘Aside from the shoulder droop, I feel like I just kind of stumble around.’
    • ‘Signs may include headache, seizures, weakness of the arms and legs, speech problems, a facial droop, and loss of consciousness.’
    • ‘The artist works from precisely the same footmarks every day; the slow droop of the ripening fruit is marked with painful precision, day by day.’
    • ‘Chin down, eyes focused slightly above the reflection of her forehead to expose the whites and avoid a sleepy droop.’
    • ‘My upper lids had acquired a permanent droop and there were bags below them.’
    • ‘A trace of a smile lifted the corners of her full lips and the petulant droop disappeared.’
    • ‘He could see the tired droop of her shoulders, but she smiled at him as she climbed in the SUV.’
    • ‘His eyes held a small droop and his figure a slight hunch.’
    drooping, sag, sagging, sinking, slump, slumping
    bend, bow, bowing, stoop, stooping
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Middle English: from Old Norse drúpa hang the head; related to drip and drop.