Definition of dope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dəʊp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//doʊp//
    Athletics, Addiction, Stupid
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  1. 1 [uncountable] (informal) a drug that is taken illegally for pleasure, especially cannabis or, in the US, heroin to peddle/smoke dope He has admitted smoking dope as a teenager. See related entries: Addiction
  2. 2 [uncountable] a drug that is taken by a person or given to an animal to affect their performance in a race or sport The athlete failed a dope test (= a medical test showed that he had taken such drugs). See related entries: Athletics
  3. 3[countable] (informal) a stupid person synonym idiot See related entries: Stupid
  4. 4[uncountable] the dope (on somebody/something) (informal) information on somebody/something, especially details that are not generally known Give me the dope on the new boss.
  5. Word Originearly 19th cent. (in the sense ‘thick liquid’): from Dutch doop ‘sauce’, from doopen ‘to dip, mix’.
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