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hoop

[hoop, hoo p] /hup, hʊp/
noun
1.
a circular band or ring of metal, wood, or other stiff material.
2.
such a band for holding together the staves of a cask, tub, etc.
3.
a large ring of iron, wood, plastic, etc., used as a plaything for a child to roll along the ground.
4.
a circular or ringlike object, part, figure, etc.
5.
the shank of a finger ring.
6.
Croquet. a wicket.
7.
a circular band of stiff material used to expand and display a woman's skirt.
9.
Basketball Informal.
  1. the metal ring from which the net is suspended; rim.
  2. the metal ring and net taken together; the basket.
  3. the game of basketball.
10.
a decorative band, as around a mug or cup.
11.
verb (used with object)
12.
to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop or hoops.
13.
to encircle; surround.
Origin of hoop
late Old English
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English hope, hoop, late Old English hōp; cognate with Dutch hoep
Related forms
hoopless, adjective
hooplike, adjective
unhooped, adjective
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  • Somebody give him a push, please, and get him to roll his hoop.

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
  • In the south, too, hoop iron or whalebone is used for runner shoeing.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • In the hoop is the name engraved Henri L. Darnley, and the year of the marriage, 1565.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • The blacksmith was swinging along the road, with a hoop over his shoulder.

  • He ran along beside them, driving his hoop as fast as 57 he could make it go.

    The Sunbonnet Babies in Italy Eulalie Osgood Grover
British Dictionary definitions for hoop

hoop1

/huːp/
noun
1.
a rigid circular band of metal or wood
2.
something resembling this
3.
  1. a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
  2. (as modifier): hoop iron
4.
a child's toy shaped like a hoop and rolled on the ground or whirled around the body
5.
(croquet) any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
6.
  1. a light curved frame to spread out a skirt
  2. (as modifier): a hoop skirt, a hoop petticoat
7.
(basketball) the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
8.
a large ring through which performers or animals jump
9.
(jewellery)
  1. an earring consisting of one or more circles of metal, plastic, etc
  2. the part of a finger ring through which the finger fits
10.
(Austral, informal) a jockey
11.
go through the hoop, be put through the hoop, to be subjected to an ordeal
verb
12.
(transitive) to surround with or as if with a hoop
Derived Forms
hooped, adjective
hooplike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hōp; related to Dutch hoep, Old Norse hōp bay, Lithuanian kabẽ hook

hoop2

/huːp/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling of whoop
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Word Origin and History for hoop
n.

late 12c., probably from an unrecorded Old English *hop, from Proto-Germanic *hopa-, a Low German-Frisian word (cf. Old Frisian hop, Middle Dutch and Dutch hoep "hoop," Old Norse hop "a small bay"). As something someone jumps through (on horseback) as a circus trick, by 1793. Figurative use of jump through hoops by 1917. The verb is from mid-15c. Hoop-petticoat is attested from 1711. As a surname, Hooper, literally "maker of hoops" is early 13c.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hoop

hoop

modifier

Having to do with basketball: a hoop

zshlub

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zhlub

hoop-man

noun

A basketball player (1940s+ Basketball)

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Idioms and Phrases with hoop

hoop

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