See also: 'ope, õpe, -ope, оре, OPE, and ọpẹ

English

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Etymology 1

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Representing oh pronounced with the mouth snapped closed at the end (IPA(key): /oʊp/, [oʊp̚]) (excrescent /p/). Compare yep, yup, nope, and welp.

Pronunciation

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Interjection

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ope

  1. (Midwestern US) an exclamation of surprise; oops
    Ope! Sorry about that.
    Ope, let me just squeeze past ya there.
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Specific to the Midwestern United States but used elsewhere in American English.[1]

Etymology 2

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From Middle English ope (open), shortened form of open, from Old English open (open). More at open.

Pronunciation

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Adjective

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ope (comparative more ope, superlative most ope)

  1. (now dialectal or poetic) Open. [from 13th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.6:
      Arriving there, as did by chaunce befall, / He found the gate wyde ope [] .
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, act 5, scene 5, verses 191-192:
      We are all weary — faint — set ope the doors —
      I will to bed! — To-morrow —
    • [1633], George Herbert, edited by [Nicholas Ferrar], The Temple. Sacred Poems, and Private Ejaculations, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: [] Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel; and are to be sold by Francis Green, [], →OCLC:
      On Sunday heaven's gate stands ope.

Verb

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ope (third-person singular simple present opes, present participle oping, simple past and past participle oped)

  1. (archaic, transitive, intransitive) To open.
    • c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Ere I ope his letter, / I pray you, tell me how my good friend doth.
    • 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii]:
      The hour's now come, the very minute bids thee ope thine ear; obey and be attentive.
    • 1842, Robert Browning, The Pied Piper of Hamelin:
      There came into many a burgher's pate / A text which says that heaven's gate / Opes to the rich at as easy rate / As the needle's eye takes a camel in!

Noun

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ope (plural opes)

  1. (Cornwall) Alley or narrow passage (an opening between houses, buildings, etc).
    Tonkin's Ope
    • 2018 October 4, Lee Trewhela, “The secrets of Truro’s hidden Carne’s Ope unveiled for the first time in 60 years”, in Cornwall Live:
      It formed part of the extensive network of opes across the city which used to carry dock workers down to the quay for work on the boats in the bustling Port of Truro.
    • 2021 June 15, John Husband, A-Z of Truro: Places-People-History, Amberley Publishing Limited, →ISBN:
      Opes / A characteristic that Truro shares with other Cornish towns are the narrow passageways which often form shortcuts between streets. [] These include Roberts Ope, Tippet's Backlet (Tippet was the owner of a fulling mill), Coombe's Lane, Pearson's Ope, Tonkin's Ope, Swifty's Ope, Nalder's Court, Job's Court and Carne's Ope, although this last has now been blocked off by building extensions. Perhaps the most memorable is Squeeze Guts Alley (see separate entry).

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  1. ^ Lisa Gutierrez (2017 November 21) “Ope! Are Midwestern people really the only ones who use that word?”, in Kansas City Star[1]

Anagrams

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Basque

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ope/ [o.pe]
  • Rhymes: -ope
  • Hyphenation: o‧pe

Etymology 1

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From ot- (combining form of ogi (bread)) +‎ mehe (thin), itself from Proto-Basque *bene.

Noun

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ope inan

  1. (rare) flatbread
    • c. 1808, Juan Bautista Aguirre, Eracusaldiac [Lessons]‎[2], Tolosa, published 1850, page 381:
      Beguiratu zuan Profetac, cer ote zan Aingueruac ecarri ciona, eta ecusi cituan supeco opea bat, eta ura.
      [Begiratu zuen profetak, zer ote zan aingeruak ekarri ziona, eta ekusi zituan supeko opea bat, eta ura.]
      The prophet looked, wondering what the angel had brought to him, he saw a piece of flatbread in the oven and water.
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Etymology 2

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Probably borrowed from Latin opem (wealth, assistance).

Noun

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ope inan

  1. (obsolete) April
    • 1596, Joseba Lakarra, editor, Refranes y sentencias [Sayings and sentences] (Euskararen Lekukoak; 19)‎[3], Bilbao: Eusklatzaindia, published 1996, →ISBN, page 313:
      Opeco erlea eneçat, Mayacecoa anajeençat.
      [Opeko erlea enetzat, maiatzekoa anajeentzat.]
      The bees of April [are] for me, those of May [are] for my brother.
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Further reading

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  • ope”, in Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia [Dictionary of the Basque Academy], Euskaltzaindia
  • ope”, in Orotariko Euskal Hiztegia [General Basque Dictionary], Euskaltzaindia, 1987–2005

Finnish

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Etymology

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Clipping of opettaja.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈope/, [ˈo̞pe̞]
  • Rhymes: -ope
  • Syllabification(key): o‧pe

Noun

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ope (colloquial)

  1. teach, teacher
    Synonyms: opettaja, maikka

Declension

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Inflection of ope (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative ope opet
genitive open opejen
partitive opea opeja
illative opeen opeihin
singular plural
nominative ope opet
accusative nom. ope opet
gen. open
genitive open opejen
opein rare
partitive opea opeja
inessive opessa opeissa
elative opesta opeista
illative opeen opeihin
adessive opella opeilla
ablative opelta opeilta
allative opelle opeille
essive opena opeina
translative opeksi opeiksi
abessive opetta opeitta
instructive opein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of ope (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative openi openi
accusative nom. openi openi
gen. openi
genitive openi opejeni
opeini rare
partitive opeani opejani
inessive opessani opeissani
elative opestani opeistani
illative opeeni opeihini
adessive opellani opeillani
ablative opeltani opeiltani
allative opelleni opeilleni
essive openani opeinani
translative opekseni opeikseni
abessive opettani opeittani
instructive
comitative opeineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative opesi opesi
accusative nom. opesi opesi
gen. opesi
genitive opesi opejesi
opeisi rare
partitive opeasi opejasi
inessive opessasi opeissasi
elative opestasi opeistasi
illative opeesi opeihisi
adessive opellasi opeillasi
ablative opeltasi opeiltasi
allative opellesi opeillesi
essive openasi opeinasi
translative opeksesi opeiksesi
abessive opettasi opeittasi
instructive
comitative opeinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative opemme opemme
accusative nom. opemme opemme
gen. opemme
genitive opemme opejemme
opeimme rare
partitive opeamme opejamme
inessive opessamme opeissamme
elative opestamme opeistamme
illative opeemme opeihimme
adessive opellamme opeillamme
ablative opeltamme opeiltamme
allative opellemme opeillemme
essive openamme opeinamme
translative opeksemme opeiksemme
abessive opettamme opeittamme
instructive
comitative opeinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative openne openne
accusative nom. openne openne
gen. openne
genitive openne opejenne
opeinne rare
partitive opeanne opejanne
inessive opessanne opeissanne
elative opestanne opeistanne
illative opeenne opeihinne
adessive opellanne opeillanne
ablative opeltanne opeiltanne
allative opellenne opeillenne
essive openanne opeinanne
translative opeksenne opeiksenne
abessive opettanne opeittanne
instructive
comitative opeinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative opensa opensa
accusative nom. opensa opensa
gen. opensa
genitive opensa opejensa
opeinsa rare
partitive opeaan
opeansa
opejaan
opejansa
inessive opessaan
opessansa
opeissaan
opeissansa
elative opestaan
opestansa
opeistaan
opeistansa
illative opeensa opeihinsa
adessive opellaan
opellansa
opeillaan
opeillansa
ablative opeltaan
opeltansa
opeiltaan
opeiltansa
allative opelleen
opellensa
opeilleen
opeillensa
essive openaan
openansa
opeinaan
opeinansa
translative opekseen
opeksensa
opeikseen
opeiksensa
abessive opettaan
opettansa
opeittaan
opeittansa
instructive
comitative opeineen
opeinensa

Further reading

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Latin

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Noun

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ope

  1. ablative singular of ops

Norwegian Nynorsk

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Adjective

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ope

  1. neuter singular of open

Unami

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Verb

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ope inan (plural òpeyo)

  1. third-person singular present active indicative inanimate of ope (it is white)
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References

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  • Rementer, Jim with Pearson, Bruce L. (2005) “ope”, in Leneaux, Grant, Whritenour, Raymond, editors, The Lenape Talking Dictionary, The Lenape Language Preservation Project