Meaning of MOP in English


1. n. & v.


1. a wad or bundle of cotton or synthetic material fastened to the end of a stick, for cleaning floors etc.

2 a similarly-shaped large or small implement for various purposes.

3 anything resembling a mop, esp. a thick mass of hair.

4 an act of mopping or being mopped (gave it a mop). (mopped, mopping)

1. wipe or clean with or as with a mop.

2 a wipe tears or sweat etc. from (one's face or brow etc.). b wipe away (tears etc.).

Phrases and idioms:

mop up

1. wipe up with or as with a mop.

2 colloq. absorb (profits etc.).

3 dispatch; make an end of.

4 Mil. a complete the occupation of (a district etc.) by capturing or killing enemy troops left there. b capture or kill (stragglers).


moppy adj.

Etymology: ME mappe, perh. ult. rel. to L mappa napkin 2. n. Brit. hist. an autumn fair or gathering at which farm-hands and servants were formerly hired.

Etymology: perh. mop-fair, at which a mop was carried by a maidservant seeking employment

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.