What does ope mean and when is it used?

Expression of surprise

Ope is an expression of surprise commonly used by Midwesterners. It is most often spoken out loud when reacting to something unexpected, such as bumping into a person or accidentally dropping a pen.

The expression is typically used as a variation of "Oh," Oops, Whoops, or Whoa. However, it can also be used as an alternative to "Excuse me" or "Pardon me" as a polite way to respond to surprising physical contact.


Watch where you are going!
Ope, sorry.
A classic Midwestern exchange

A classic Midwestern exchange

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Updated July 2, 2019

Ope definition by Slang.net

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