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dope (n.) Look up dope at Dictionary.com
1807, American English, "sauce, gravy, thick liquid," from Dutch doop "
thick dipping sauce," from doopen "to dip" (see dip (v.)). Extension to "dr
ug" is 1889, from practice of smoking semi-liquid opium preparation. Meanin
g "foolish, stupid person" is older (1851) and may have a sense of "thick-h
eaded." Sense of "inside information" (1901) may come from knowing before t
he race which horse had been drugged to influence performance. Dope-fiend i
s attested from 1896.
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