On the internet I came across this sentence:

That’s a DOPE bike!

According to Oxford Dictionaries it has a positive meaning when used as an adjective.

Black slang: very good.

I’m not sure whether I’ve got the correct meaning, which is why I nicely ask that you help me understand if there is a positive or a negative meaning.

  • 1
    The meaning you found seems to fit fine :) The remark is positive :) – oerkelens May 12 '14 at 8:08

You are correct. It is also worth highlighting the usage note ("black slang") from your source. This is an idiom that is unlikely to be heard from anyone outside certain subcultures—namely African-American (and various young people influenced by it).

  • 1
    In my experience, dope in this sense is pretty common mainstream slang among US speakers born after the mid-80s or so. It's by no means limited to African-American subcultures anymore. – Nate Eldredge Jun 12 '14 at 17:41
  • @NateEldredge: I stand corrected. Here (Australia) it's very sharply limited to young people who adopt other aspects of African-American culture--hip-hop and whatnot. – Tim Pederick Jun 21 '14 at 5:55

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.