working energetically; busily engaged: He kept the staff hopping in order to get the report finished.
going from one place or situation to another of a similar specified type (usually used in combination): restaurant-hopping.
hopping mad, furious; enraged: He was hopping mad when his daughter dropped out of college.

1665–75; hop1 + -ing2

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1 [hop]
verb (used without object), hopped, hopping.
to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.
to spring or leap on one foot.
Informal. to make a short, quick trip, especially in an airplane: He hopped up to Boston for the day.
Informal. to travel or move frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination): to island-hop; to job-hop.
Informal. to dance.
verb (used with object), hopped, hopping.
to jump over; clear with a hop: The sheep hopped the fence.
Informal. to board or get onto a vehicle: to hop a plane.
Informal. to cross in an airplane: We hopped the Atlantic in five hours.
an act of hopping; short leap.
a leap on one foot.
a journey, especially a short trip by air.
Informal. a dance or dancing party.
a bounce or rebound of a moving object, as a ball: She caught the ball on the first hop.
hop to it, Informal. to begin to move, become active, or do something immediately: You'd better hop to it if you intend to buy groceries before the market closes. Also, hop to.

before 1000; Middle English hoppen (v.), Old English hoppian; cognate with German hopfen, Old Norse hoppa

hoppingly, adverb

hop, jump, skip (see synonym study at jump)(see synonym study at skip).

1. jump, spring, bound.


2 [hop]
any twining plant of the genus Humulus, bearing male flowers in loose clusters and female flowers in conelike forms.
hops, the dried ripe cones of the female flowers of this plant, used in brewing, medicine, etc.
Older Slang. a narcotic drug, especially opium.
verb (used with object), hopped, hopping.
to treat or flavor with hops.
Verb phrases
hop up, Slang.
to excite; make enthusiastic: They hopped the crowd up with fiery speeches.
to add to the power of: The kids hopped up the motor of their jalopy.
to stimulate by narcotics.

1400–50; late Middle English hoppe < Middle Dutch hoppe (Dutch hop); cognate with Old High German hopfo (German Hopfen)

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hop1 (hɒp)
vb , hops, hopping, hopped
1.  (intr) to make a jump forwards or upwards, esp on one foot
2.  (intr) (esp of frogs, birds, rabbits, etc) to move forwards in short jumps
3.  (tr) to jump over: he hopped the hedge
4.  informal (intr) to move or proceed quickly (in, on, out of, etc): hop on a bus
5.  informal (tr) to cross (an ocean) in an aircraft: they hopped the Atlantic in seven hours
6.  informal (US), (Canadian) (tr) to travel by means of (an aircraft, bus, etc): he hopped a train to Chicago
7.  (US), (Canadian) to bounce or cause to bounce: he hopped the flat stone over the lake's surface
8.  informal (US), (Canadian) (intr) to begin intense activity, esp work
9.  (intr) another word for limp
10.  slang (Brit) hop it, hop off to go away
11.  the act or an instance of hopping
12.  old-fashioned, informal a dance, esp one at which popular music is played: we're all going to the school hop tonight
13.  informal a trip, esp in an aircraft
14.  (US) a bounce, as of a ball
15.  informal on the hop
 a.  active or busy
 b.  (Brit) unawares or unprepared: the new ruling caught me on the hop
[Old English hoppian; related to Old Norse hoppa to hop, Middle Low German hupfen]

hop2 (hɒp)
1.  See also hops any climbing plant of the N temperate genus Humulus, esp H. lupulus, which has green conelike female flowers and clusters of small male flowers: family Cannabiaceae (or Cannabidaceae)
2.  hop garden a field of hops
3.  obsolete, slang opium or any other narcotic drug
[C15: from Middle Dutch hoppe; related to Old High German hopfo, Norwegian hupp tassel]

hopping (ˈhɒpɪŋ)
1.  the action of a person or animal that hops
2.  dialect (Tyneside) a fair, esp (the Hoppings) an annual fair in Newcastle
3.  hopping mad in a terrible rage

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hoppian "to spring, dance," from P.Gmc. *khupnojanan (cf. O.N. hoppa, Du. huppen, Ger. hüpfen "to hop"). Slang noun sense of "informal dancing party" is from 1731 (defined by Johnson as "a place where meaner people dance").

"vine," c.1440, from M.Du. hoppe, from P.Gmc. *khup-nan-, of unknown origin.

"opium," 1887, from Cantonese nga-pin (pronounced HAH-peen) "opium," a Chinese folk etymology of the Eng. word opium, lit. "crow peelings." Re-folk-etymologized back into Eng. by association with hop (n.1).
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Example sentences
The hopping pattern may be adapted to exclude a portion of the frequencies that
  are used by interfering devices.
To often people thing in terms of life hopping from species to species.
The subsequent hopping and leaping of these grains is called saltation.
Sometimes these hopping temperatures don't seem to go anywhere in particular.
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