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v. drooped, droop·ing, droops
1. To bend or hang downward: "His mouth drooped sadly, pulled down, no doubt, by the plump weight of his jowls" (Gore Vidal).
2. To bend or sag gradually: flowers drooping in the midday heat.
3. To sag in dejection or exhaustion: drooped from lack of sleep.
To let bend or hang down: "He drooped his body over the rail" (Norman Mailer).
The act or condition of drooping.

[Middle English droupen, from Old Norse drūpa; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

droop′i·ly, droop′ing·ly adv.
droop′y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.drooping - weak from exhaustion
tired - depleted of strength or energy; "tired mothers with crying babies"; "too tired to eat"
2.drooping - hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)
lax - lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "a lax rope"; "a limp handshake"
3.drooping - having branches or flower heads that bend downward; "nodding daffodils"; "the pendulous branches of a weeping willow"; "lilacs with drooping panicles of fragrant flowers"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
unerect - not upright in position or posture


[ˈdruːpɪŋ] ADJ [flower] → marchito; [ears, head] → gacho; [movement] → lánguido, desmayado


head, shoulders, breasts, feathers, leaves, tailhängend; hand, branchesherunterhängend; moustachenach unten hängend; flowerswelk; eyelidsherunterhängend; (with sleep) → schwer; roofdurchhängend
a drink to revive his drooping spiritsein Schluck, um seine (geschwundenen) Lebensgeister wieder zu wecken
References in classic literature ?
Not a word did she say, however, till her mother found her in tears one day, and insisted on knowing what the matter was, for Meg's drooping spirits had not escaped her observation.
Her long hands, white and bloodless, could be seen drooping over the ends of the arms of the chair.
The little one, not more than four or five, was on his knees, his hands folded, and his close-clipped, bare head drooping forward in deep dejection.
His head, on the whole of which the hair had been permitted to grow, the pursuits of war having so long been abandoned, was encircled by a sort of plated diadem, which, in its turn, bore lesser and more glittering ornaments, that sparkled amid the glossy hues of three drooping ostrich feathers, dyed a deep black, in touching contrast to the color of his snow-white locks.
Alice sat in an attitude of profound repose, with the long brown lashes drooping over her eyes.
Thus, the foreground is all raging commotion; but behind, in admirable artistic contrast, is the glassy level of a sea becalmed, the drooping unstarched sails of the powerless ship, and the inert mass of a dead whale, a conquered fortress, with the flag of capture lazily hanging from the whale-pole inserted into his spout-hole.
Unlike the straight perpendicular twin-jets of the Right Whale, which, dividing at top, falls over in two branches, like the cleft drooping boughs of a willow, the single forward-slanting spout of the Sperm Whale presents a thick curled bush of white mist, continually rising and falling away to leeward.
That rusty black hat with the drooping red flower, it might not be Ona's, but there was very little likelihood of it.
Over the head of the bed was an alabaster bracket, on which a beautiful sculptured angel stood, with drooping wings, holding out a crown of myrtle-leaves.
and all the men taking their hats off and drooping their heads, so you could a heard a pin fall.
He spied the beetle; the drooping tail lifted and wagged.
Helen's head, always drooping, sank a little lower as she finished this sentence.