“Doop” in the sense “narcotic drug” ultimately refers to viscous opium juice, the drug of choice of the ancient Greeks, “insider information” perhaps from knowing which horse had been doped in a race. Sense of "stupid person" perhaps following from the drug sense (i.e. relating to those intoxicated on opium), compare dope up. Related to English dip and German taufen.
- (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 of various recreational substances:
- An opiate, now 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
- 1981 September 26, Berkeley Breathed, Bloom County (comic):
- (Senator): Well good! Good! This is a fine batch of corn you have!
(Farmer): 'Taint corn. It's dope.
- 1983 March 28, “Smokin'”, in The Breeze, James Madison University, Readers' Forum, page 19:
- Some people say that dope kills brain cells, but I can't figure out how they found that out. I mean, how do you tell if a brain cell is dead and how do you tell what killed it? I've probably wasted a lot more brain cells through booze than through dope.
- 1996, Stephen King, Desperation:
- She had gotten pregnant while stoned, had undoubtedly decided to marry Roger Finney while stoned, and Peter knew for a fact that she had left Reed (carrying a one-point-forget-it grade average) because there was too much dope floating around and she just couldn’t say no to it.
- (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, firearms) 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.
- 1990 February 11, Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (comic):
- You call that steering? We almost got killed! My fault? Yeah, step over here and say that, you stripey dope! That's right, I'm talking to you!
- (US, Ohio) Dessert topping.
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- (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 (PEDs) 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.
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- (slang) Amazing; cool.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:awesome
- That party was dope!
- 1990, SPIN, volume 5, number 10, page 74:
- The dope conceptual beauty of the Jungle Brothers is the upful spin they put on black consciousness music, showing that being pro-black can be as much about hot fun in the summertime as gearing up for the next time.
dope f (plural dopes)