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[gras-hop-er, grahs-] /ˈgræsˌhɒp ər, ˈgrɑs-/
any of numerous herbivorous, orthopterous insects, especially of the families Acrididae and Tettigoniidae, having the hind legs adapted for leaping and having chewing mouth parts, some species being highly destructive to vegetation.
a small, light airplane used on low-flying missions, as for reconnaissance.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. antipersonnel mine that jumps off the ground when activated by proximate body heat and sprays shrapnel over a lethal radius of 350 feet (107 meters).
a cocktail of light cream, green crème de menthe, and white crème de menthe or crème de cacao.
Origin of grasshopper
1275-1325; Middle English; see grass, hopper Unabridged
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  • I put out my hand and caught a grasshopper, or rather a sort of locust.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • The grasshopper is banished to the garden and the Cheshire Cat smiles all over her face.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
  • True, they rather order me about some, and make me jump from spar to spar, like a grasshopper in a May meadow.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The same type of mouth as the grasshopper has will be found among the beetles.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • grasshopper, who had only hidden behind the trees, now came out and joined the boys.

    Captain Horace Sophie May
  • He wants me to train him for his go with grasshopper Jake, and I did.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • In other words one kind of grasshopper hears with its stomach and the other kind listens with its leg.

British Dictionary definitions for grasshopper


any orthopterous insect of the families Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers) and Tettigoniidae (long-horned grasshoppers), typically terrestrial, feeding on plants, and producing a ticking sound by rubbing the hind legs against the leathery forewings See also locust (sense 1), katydid
(informal) knee-high to a grasshopper, very young or very small
an iced cocktail of equal parts of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream
(modifier) unable to concentrate on any one subject for long: a grasshopper mind
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Word Origin and History for grasshopper

mid-14c. (late 13c. as a surname), earlier greshoppe (c.1200), from Old English gærshoppa; see grass + hop. Cf. Middle Swedish gräshoppare, German Grashüpfer. As a term of reproach, from Eccl. xii:5. Also recorded c.1300 as a name for the hare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grasshopper



A person who smokes marijuana; pothead: My wife was a little grasshopper herself. But she didn't go on to become an addict (1960s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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grasshopper in the Bible

belongs to the class of neuropterous insects called Gryllidae. This insect is not unknown in Palestine. In Judg. 6:5; 7:12; Job 39:30; Jer. 46:23, where the Authorized Version has "grasshopper," the Revised Version more correctly renders the Hebrew word ('arbeh) by "locust." This is the case also in Amos 7:1; Nah. 3:17, where the Hebrew word _gob_ is used; and in Lev. 11:22; Num. 13:33; Eccl. 12:5; Isa. 40:22, where _hagab_ is used. In all these instances the proper rendering is probably "locust" (q.v.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with grasshopper


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