What Does LOP Mean?

LOP means "Lack of Potential" and "Lazy, Stupid or Awkward." Here is more information about each of these definitions of LOP, with examples of use.

As an abbreviation, LOP means "Lack of Potential." It is used to refer to lazy, unmotivated, or generally useless individuals. In the same context, LOP is used as a derogatory term for someone who is perceived as lazy, stupid or awkward. For example:
  • He's a LOP, his dad's a LOP, and his granddad was such a LOP that, during the civil war, he fought for the West.
  • She was such a LOP when she was young. Then she got old.
LOP is also a word, which means "to cut off (branches, twigs, etc.) from a tree or other plant."

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Summary of Key Points for the First Definition of LOP

"Lack of Potential" is a common definition for LOP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Lack of Potential
Type:Abbreviation (Acronym)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Lazy Stupid or Awkward" is another common definition for LOP.
Definition:Lazy Stupid or Awkward
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at LOP

When used to mean "Lack of Potential," LOP is an acronym, i.e., an abbreviation spoken as a word.

When used to refer to a person who is lazy, stupid, or awkward, LOP is a slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of LOP to mean "Lack of Potential" and to refer to people as lazy, stupid, or awkward, long pre-dates the digital era.

Example of LOP Used in a Text


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