When something's sagging or hanging limply, it's drooping. It hasn't rained in over a week: it's probably time to water those drooping flowers!

After a long, hot day, the fancy hairdo you carefully gave yourself this morning may be a drooping mess. And even the perkiest runners can usually be described as drooping by the end of an ultra-long marathon. Anything that droops, or sags in exhaustion, weakness, or melancholy, is drooping. The words stem from the Old Norse drupa, "to sink or hang the head."

Definitions of drooping
  1. adjective
    hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)
    synonyms: droopy, sagging
    lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
  2. adjective
    weak from exhaustion
    synonyms: flagging
    depleted of strength or energy
  3. adjective
    having branches or flower heads that bend downward
    “lilacs with drooping panicles of fragrant flowers”
    synonyms: cernuous, nodding, pendulous, weeping
    not upright in position or posture
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