Definition of mope in US English:



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  • 1Be dejected and apathetic.

    ‘no use moping—things could be worse’
    • ‘The last time Regina told her troubles to her diary, she was moping because she had no one to talk to and felt all alone.’
    • ‘Karmen was still moping at having to leave David behind.’
    • ‘I was moping and feeling sorry for myself despite having swum my best times and having finaled in two events at the U.S. Olympic Trials.’
    • ‘But he frequently has been his own worst enemy by moping and overanalyzing, leading to a loss of confidence and bad habits.’
    • ‘I was in a total downer, spent most of the day crying and moping.’
    • ‘But there is no point sitting around and moping, feeling sorry for myself.’
    • ‘Anna behind me was probably the coldest person in our boat, but instead of complaining or moping she just told us to keep our hands warm and to keep focused.’
    • ‘Why waste time moping over the fact that he's not into you in that way?’
    • ‘She was sitting on the couch moping, and Kara was trying to cheer her up.’
    • ‘So I spent the night moping and being angry at myself.’
    • ‘Most of the class had already received their cards, and were silently moping in their seats.’
    • ‘He is keen to emphasise the positives and to look forward and for the industry to stop moping and get on with delivering results.’
    • ‘Don't worry I'm not moping and feeling sorry for myself.’
    • ‘For the record, here, I'm not moping or sulking or whining, I'm just reflecting, trying to be introspective.’
    • ‘Don't sit around moping when you could be get things finished!’
    • ‘No use moping, there were chores to do around the house!’
    • ‘I never believed in love at first sight, I still don't really but for the next month or so I really hurt and just sat around moping.’
    • ‘Karl is moping in the bar over his failed relationship.’
    • ‘Even Angel isn't moping and she broke up with Aiden too.’
    • ‘The court suggests he quit moping in the corner and bring us a piece of cake.’
    brood, sulk, be miserable, be gloomy, be sad, be despondent, pine, eat one's heart out, fret, grieve, despair
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    1. 1.1mope around/about Wander around listlessly and aimlessly because of unhappiness or boredom.
      ‘moping around at home won't get you anywhere’
      • ‘Either way, she mopes around the house like the world's going to end.’
      • ‘The last week, a jumble of emotions complicated me and all I could do was mope around the house, stewing in them.’
      • ‘Everyone is entitled to feel a little hurt when things aren't going the way we planned, but moping around solves nothing…’
      • ‘Two days later Danni still moped around the house not wanting to do anything.’
      • ‘Daddy had said I could stay home, but I didn't want to mope around the house all day, staring out the window like a fool.’
      • ‘She moped around the house all day until about three o'clock when she went for the phone.’
      • ‘Are you finding yourself moping around the house in the depths of despair, the wrong results in your hands and feeling unsure about what to do with your life?’
      • ‘All I was doing was moping around in the house because I knew that my entire summer and possibly the rest of my life was ruined because my parents still thought that I was a little girl.’
      • ‘I moped around the house for most of the weekend, wishing Scott was with me.’
      • ‘I spent most days moping around my house, waiting for good luck to come my way.’
      • ‘After Rachael had left the house, and I had gotten dressed after my shower, I had moped around the house with not much to do.’
      • ‘Instead of moping around the house, you might feel better if you got back in the pool and started working again.’
      • ‘My mom stopped asking me why I was moping around the house instead of doing something productive.’
      • ‘He got fired in July after only nine months on the job, but you don't see him moping around.’
      • ‘But being miserable and moping around the house isn't doing me any favours either, so I finally decided to hunt out an appropriate activity.’
      • ‘She'd departed around ten, leaving me moping around the house alone.’
      • ‘Her mom finally got sick of her moping around the house and suggested that she try-out for the production of Annie that there town was putting on.’
      • ‘I don't mind disclosing to you that I've had a really miserable weekend for one reason or another - I've got Monday off work, but frankly I'd rather be at work than hanging around here moping around.’
      • ‘Now all she did was mope around the house crying.’
      • ‘Troy here was just moping around the house all day so Mandy and I thought to take him out to dinner to cheer him up a little.’
      languish, moon, droop, idle, loaf, fiddle, drift, stooge
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  • 1A person given to prolonged spells of low spirits.

    ‘they're just a bunch of mopes’
    • ‘New: a whinge’
    • ‘The guy's just a big mope.’
    melancholic, depressive, pessimist, prophet of doom, killjoy, moaner
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    1. 1.1mopesdated Low spirits; depression.
      • ‘Everyone seemed to have a good time, even Fiona, who was apparently trying to get over having the mopes whenever she was not the direct focus of Albert's attention.’


Mid 16th century (the early noun sense being ‘fool or simpleton’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish dialect mopa ‘to sulk’.