What does droop mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sag, droopverb

    a shape that sags

    "there was a sag in the chair seat"

  2. sag, droop, swag, flagverb

    droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness

  3. droop, lollverb

    hang loosely or laxly

    "His tongue lolled"

  4. wilt, droopverb

    become limp

    "The flowers wilted"


  1. droopnoun

    something which is limp or sagging; a condition or posture of drooping

    He walked with a discouraged droop.

  2. droopverb

    To sink or hang downward; to sag.

    I'm not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren't straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer, but somehow it all works. uE000160831uE001 William Wordsworth

  3. droopverb

    To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.

  4. droopverb

    To lose all enthusiasm or happiness.

  5. Etymology: From droupen, from drúpa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Droopverb

    Etymology: droef, sorrow, Dutch.

    Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
    He straight declin’d, droop’d, took it deeply;
    Fasten’d, and fix’d the shame on’t in himself. William Shakespeare.

    I droop, with struggling spent;
    My thoughts are on my sorrows bent. George Sandys.

    I find my zenith doth depend upon
    A most auspicious star; whose influence
    If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes
    Will ever after droop. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,
    While night’s black agents to their prey do rowze. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    When, by impulse from heav’n, Tyrtæus sung,
    In drooping soldiers a new courage sprung. Wentworth Dillon.

    Can flow’rs but droop in absence of the sun,
    Which wak’d their sweets? and mine, alas! is gone. Dryd.

    Time seems not now beneath his years to stoop,
    Nor do his wings with sickly feathers droop. Dryden.

    When factious rage to cruel exile drove
    The queen of beauty and the court of love,
    The muses droop’d with their forsaken arts. Dryden.

    I’ll animate the soldiers drooping courage,
    With love of freedom and contempt of life. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    I saw him ten days before he died, and observed he began very much to droop and languish. Jonathan Swift.

    I never from thy side henceforth must stray,
    Where’er our day’s work lies; though now enjoin’d
    Laborious, ’till day droop. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    His head, though gay
    Carnation, purple, azure, or speck’d with gold,
    Hung drooping, unsustain’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    On her heav’d bosom hung her drooping head,
    Which, with a sigh, she rais’d; and this she said. Alexander Pope.


  1. droop

    Droop generally refers to something that hangs or sags downwards, often due to lack of strength, firmness, or resilience. It can describe anything from plant leaves wilting due to lack of water, or energy levels or spirits falling due to fatigue or disappointment. In electrical engineering, it may refer to a drop in voltage in an electrical circuit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Droopverb

    to hang bending downward; to sink or hang down, as an animal, plant, etc., from physical inability or exhaustion, want of nourishment, or the like

  2. Droopverb

    to grow weak or faint with disappointment, grief, or like causes; to be dispirited or depressed; to languish; as, her spirits drooped

  3. Droopverb

    to proceed downward, or toward a close; to decline

  4. Droopverb

    to let droop or sink

  5. Droopnoun

    a drooping; as, a droop of the eye

  6. Etymology: [Icel. drpa; akin to E. drop. See Drop.]


  1. Droop

    Droop is an unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, in the Greenbrier River Valley. The town is most famous for Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the park's trails and buildings in the 1930s, as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. Today, a small museum on the park grounds houses Civil War artifacts and discusses the park's CCC history. Bi-annually, the West Virginia Reenactors Association reenacts the Droop Mountain battle. ⁕ Snowy Day at Droop Mountain ⁕ Overlook at the Park

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Droop

    drōōp, v.i. to sink or hang down: to grow weak or faint: to decline.—v.t. to let sink.—n. a drooping position.—adv. Droop′ingly, in a drooping manner. [Ice. drúpa, to droop. See Drop.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. droop

    When a line diverges from a parallel or a curve. It is also a name generally used to the courses, but sometimes given to the depth of the square sails in general; as, "Her main top-sail drops seventeen yards." The depth of a sail from head to foot amidships.--To drop anchor is simply to anchor:--underfoot, in calms, a kedge or stream is dropped to prevent drift.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of droop in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of droop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of droop in a Sentence

  1. William Wordsworth:

    When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude.

  2. Macneile Dixon:

    Ideas, like individuals, live and die. They flourish, according to their nature, in one soil or climate and droop in another. They are the vegetation of the mental world.

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  • отслабвам, клюмвам, унивам, свеждамBulgarian
  • zplihlost, zplihnout, ohýbat se, svěšovat se, klesat na duchu, sklesnout, sklánět se, pokleslost, skleslostCzech
  • velkiEsperanto
  • inclinarseSpanish
  • väsähtää, kuihtua, roikkua, nuupahtaa, nuukahtaaFinnish
  • affaissementFrench
  • pendereItalian
  • tatao, raupekaMāori
  • inclinaçãoPortuguese
  • склоняться, падать духом, свисатьRussian
  • slokaSwedish

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