Meaning of MOP in English


I. ˈmäp noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English mappe, short for mappel, probably from Medieval Latin mappula handkerchief, towel, from Late Latin, diminutive of Latin mappa napkin — more at map


a. : a household implement consisting of a mass of absorbent material (as coarse yarn, cellulose, or rags) fastened to a long handle and used typically for cleaning floors — compare dishmop , dry mop

b. : a cloth or wad of material for absorbing moisture : swab

a surgical mop of absorbent cotton

2. dialect England : statute fair

3. : something that resembles a mop: as

a. : a thick often unruly mass of hair

his hair was a disorderly yellow mop — T.B.Costain

grizzled mops of the elderly Fiji chieftains — Mollie Panter-Downes

perambulating mops known as Yorkshire terriers — Time

specifically : the matted forelock of a buffalo

gathered the mops from the heads that were left unskinned on the prairie — Mari Sandoz

b. : a dauber for applying a liquid

dip this mop into the barbecue sauce and slap the roasting meat with it — Sheila Hibben

poisoned syrup was applied to the tops of plants with a mop — American Guide Series: Florida

c. : star-mop

II. verb

( mopped ; mopped ; mopping ; mops )

transitive verb

1. : to use a mop on: as

a. : to clean by mopping

mop a floor

— often used with up

strained to mop up the debris left by the … flood — New York Times

b. : to wipe or polish with a mop

a pitcher … should be well mopped out, taking care to scrub the whole interior surface — Emily Holt

mopped his brow with a silk handkerchief — Waldo Frank

mopped an imaginary tear from her eye — David Garnett

mopping his plate with a limp piece of new bread — Kenneth Roberts

— often used with up

mops up his place with a tortilla folded twice — M.M.Liberman

c. : to apply (a liquid) with a mop

mopping … astringents over that area will shorten the period of discomfort — H.G.Armstrong

built-up roof coverings shall consist of two or more layers of saturated felt sheets … thoroughly mopped with a hot bituminous cement — Code for Dwelling Construction

2. slang Britain : to consume eagerly : gobble , guzzle — usually used with up

swam round with great vigor and mopped up his worms greedily — Irish Digest

mopping up gin and looking a bit glazed — Anton Vogt

3. : to overcome decisively : polish off : trounce

sent its superb team of oarsmen … to mop the field in the Henley Royal Regatta — David Dodge

— used especially in the slang phrase mop the floor with

the king of Spain mopped his floor with him — London Daily News

— often used with up

just let me at him — I'll mop him up

a raiding battleship could mop up any and every convoy … guarded only by cruisers — U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings

intransitive verb

: to clean a surface (as a floor) with a mop

first she dusted, then she mopped

— often used with up

residents and workers mopped up after a Sunday night flood — Springfield (Massachusetts) Daily News

III. intransitive verb

( mopped ; mopped ; mopping ; mops )

Etymology: perhaps from obsolete mop fool — more at moppet

: to make a face

a shaggy creature … came and danced along with her, mopping and mowing — Mary Webb

IV. noun

( -s )

archaic : grimace , face

the mops and mows of the old witch — R.L.Stevenson

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