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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
droopi·ly, drooping·ly adv.
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