mope [məup US moup] v
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from mop, mope [i]'stupid person' (14-16 centuries)]
to feel sorry for yourself, without making any effort to do anything or be more happy
Don't lie there moping on a lovely morning like this!
The week he died, we all sat around and moped.
mope around/about () [mope around/about (sth)] phr v
to move around a place in a sad, slow way, especially because you feel unhappy about the situation you are in
She spends her days moping around the house.
Stephen didn't expect her to mope about while he was away on business.

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