- (uncountable) Any viscous liquid or paste, such as a lubricant, used in preparing a surface.
- (uncountable) An absorbent material used to hold a liquid.
- (uncountable, aeronautics) Any varnish used to coat a part, such as an airplane wing or a hot-air balloon in order to waterproof, strengthen, etc.
- (uncountable, slang) Any illicit or narcotic drug that produces euphoria or satisfies an addiction; particularly heroin. [from late 19th c.]
- 1900, “Gifford Arthur Nelson”, in The Naughty-Naughtian, page 118:
- If you are at all bright, don't be a grind. Grinding may make a second-hand genius of you (for all the real things are dead), and if you become a genius you will be sure to smoke dope or swallow laudanum. They all did it.
- 1953, Tom Lehrer, “The Old Dope Peddler”, in Songs by Tom Lehrer, Pantheon, published 1981, page 18:
- Here's a cure for all your troubles / Here's an end to all distress / It's the old dope peddler / With his powdered happiness
- (uncountable, slang) Information, usually from an inside source, originally in horse racing and other sports. [from early 20th c.]
- Synonym: scoop
- What's the latest dope on the stock market?
- 2000 August 7, Robert Newman, “Performers of the world unite”, in The Guardian:
- Same with Michael Moore. When the people's champ gives us the dope on corporate bosses and sweatshop kings, he never presents their greed as some kind of deplorable personal trait.
- 2013, Deborah Solomon, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 198:
- “Everyone seems less excited about the war here than out there. When I do get the dope on the poster situation, I will let you know.” He and Forsythe were itching to contribute to the war effort by designing recruitment posters.
- (uncountable, fireams) Ballistic data on previously fired rounds, used to calculate the required hold over a target.
- (countable, slang) A stupid person.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:fool
- 1902, “The Barrister's Shakespeare”, in The Green Bag, volume XIV, page 525:
- The reasons why this verification is made by her and not by the defendant is because he is a dope and a fat-head and hasn't sense enough to do it himself.
- (US, Ohio) Dessert topping.
viscous liquid used to prepare a surface
absorbent material used to hold a liquid
aeronautics: varnish used to waterproof, strengthen, etc.
slang: any narcotic
slang: inside information
slang: stupid person
- (transitive, slang) To affect with drugs.
- Synonym: administer
- 1929, Horatio Sawyer Earle, The Autobiography of “By Gum” Earle, page 105:
- Now, suppose another veterinarian should come along with another medicine, named “Goine;” and that a quart of it would make a horse go twice as fast, and you should dope the horse with both medicines […]
- (transitive) To treat with dope (lubricant, etc.).
- (transitive, electronics) To add a dopant such as arsenic to (a pure semiconductor such as silicon).
- (intransitive, now chiefly sports) To use drugs; especially, to use prohibited performance-enhancing drugs in sporting competitions.
- 2015, Vassilis Barkoukis; Lambros Lazuras; Haralambos Tsorbatzoudis, The Psychology of Doping in Sport, Routledge, →ISBN:
- The more experienced cyclists, who doped or used to dope, transmitted the culture of doping to the younger cyclists, teaching them doping methods and suggesting which substances to use.
- (slang, transitive, dated) To judge or guess; to predict the result of.
slang: affect with drugs
electronics: add a dopant to
slang: use drugs
dope f (plural dopes)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- inflection of :