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Etymology 1

Recorded since circa 1405, from Middle French poupe, from Italian poppa, from Latin puppis, all meaning "stern of a ship".

Noun

poop (countable and uncountable, plural poops)

  1. The stern of a ship.
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poop (third-person singular simple present poops, present participle pooping, simple past and past participle pooped)

  1. (transitive) To break seawater with the poop of a vessel, especially the poop deck.
    • We were pooped within hailing of the quay and were nearly sunk.
  2. (transitive) To embark a ship over the stern.

Etymology 2

Origin uncertain, possibly from Middle English poupen.

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poop (third-person singular simple present poops, present participle pooping, simple past and past participle pooped)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To make a short blast on a horn [from late 14th c.]
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To break wind. [from 18th c.]
  3. (intransitive) To defecate.
    His horse pooped right in the middle of the parade.
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Noun

poop (countable and uncountable, plural poops)

  1. (often childish) Excrement. [from the 18th c.]
    • The dog took a poop on the grass.
  2. The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically low pitch.
    2001, Rev. W. Awdry, Thomas the tank engine collection : a unique collection of stories from the railway series - p. 157 - Egmont Books, Limited, Aug 15, 2001
    Two minutes passed - five - seven- ten. "Poop! Poop!" Everyone knew that whistle, and a mighty cheer went up as the Queen's train glided into the station.
  3. (US, dated) information, facts.
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Etymology 3

  • Recorded in World War II (1941) Army slang poop sheet "up to date information", itself of uncertain origin, perhaps toilet paper referring to etymology 2.

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poop (uncountable)

  1. A set of data or general information, written or spoken, usually concerning machinery or a process.
    • Here’s the info paper with the poop on that carburetor.

Etymology 4

Origin uncertain, perhaps sound imitation.

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poop (third-person singular simple present poops, present participle pooping, simple past and past participle pooped)

  1. (transitive) To tire, exhaust. Often used with out. [from early 20th c.]
    • I'm pooped from working so hard
    • He pooped out a few strides from the finish line.
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Etymology 5

Origin uncertain, perhaps a shortening of nincompoop.

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poop (plural poops)

  1. A slothful person.
    • Hurry up, you old poop!
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