mop

A mop is a tool for cleaning a floor. Most mops have a long handle and a sponge or bundle of absorbent strings on one end. If someone says that your hair looks like a mop, that's not a compliment.

When you use a mop, you mop the floor. Mops can be used dry, but more often they're dunked in a soapy bucket of water before they mop the floor. You can also "mop up" a mess or a spill, even if you're using a cloth, a sponge, or a paper towel instead of a mop. The earliest mops were used to clean ships' decks, and the word comes from the Latin mappa, "napkin."

Primary Meanings of mop

1.
nv
cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors
to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
2.
v
make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip
Full Definitions of mop
1

n cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors

Synonyms:
swab, swob
Types:
dry mop, dust mop, dustmop
a dry swab for dusting floors
sponge mop
a wet mop with a sponge as the absorbent
Type of:
cleaning device, cleaning equipment, cleaning implement
any of a large class of implements used for cleaning

v to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop

Mop the hallway now”
“He mopped her forehead with a towel”
Synonyms:
mop up, wipe up
Types:
swab, swob
wash with a swab or a mop
sponge
soak up with a sponge
Type of:
absorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in, take up
take in, also metaphorically
2

v make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip

mop and mow”
Synonyms:
mow, pout
Type of:
grimace, make a face, pull a face
contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state

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