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[hop-ing] /ˈhɒp ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
working energetically; busily engaged:
He kept the staff hopping in order to get the report finished.
2.
going from one place or situation to another of a similar specified type (usually used in combination):
restaurant-hopping.
Idioms
3.
hopping mad, furious; enraged:
He was hopping mad when his daughter dropped out of college.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; hop1 + -ing2

hop1

[hop] /hɒp/
verb (used without object), hopped, hopping.
1.
to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.
2.
to spring or leap on one foot.
3.
Informal. to make a short, quick trip, especially in an airplane:
He hopped up to Boston for the day.
4.
Informal. to travel or move frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination):
to island-hop; to job-hop.
5.
Informal. to dance.
verb (used with object), hopped, hopping.
6.
to jump over; clear with a hop:
The sheep hopped the fence.
7.
Informal. to board or get onto a vehicle:
to hop a plane.
8.
Informal. to cross in an airplane:
We hopped the Atlantic in five hours.
noun
9.
an act of hopping; short leap.
10.
a leap on one foot.
11.
a journey, especially a short trip by air.
12.
Informal. a dance or dancing party.
13.
a bounce or rebound of a moving object, as a ball:
She caught the ball on the first hop.
Idioms
14.
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.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English hoppen (v.), Old English hoppian; cognate with German hopfen, Old Norse hoppa
Related forms
hoppingly, adverb
Can be confused
hop, jump, skip (see synonym study at jump; see synonym study at skip)
Synonyms
1. jump, spring, bound.

hop2

[hop] /hɒp/
noun
1.
any twining plant of the genus Humulus, bearing male flowers in loose clusters and female flowers in conelike forms.
2.
hops, the dried ripe cones of the female flowers of this plant, used in brewing, medicine, etc.
3.
Older Slang. a narcotic drug, especially opium.
verb (used with object), hopped, hopping.
4.
to treat or flavor with hops.
Verb phrases
5.
hop up, Slang.
  1. to excite; make enthusiastic:
    They hopped the crowd up with fiery speeches.
  2. to add to the power of:
    The kids hopped up the motor of their jalopy.
  3. to stimulate by narcotics.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English hoppe < Middle Dutch hoppe (Dutch hop); cognate with Old High German hopfo (German Hopfen)
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Examples for hopping
  • 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.
  • There will be hopping around in time, and characters seen at different points in history.
  • But cruising on a fully equipped yacht is the secret to privacy and the key to mounting the ultimate island-hopping expedition.
  • Almost all are free, and they range from hopping chic hot spots to isolated escapes.
  • We sat in traffic in one market town after another, each one hopping with activity that sometimes engulfed the car.
  • Customers then use their phones to pay before hopping the train to work.
  • She always had her mind hopping on to the next prank she was going to pull.
British Dictionary definitions for hopping

hopping

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

hop1

/hɒp/
verb hops, hopping, hopped
1.
(intransitive) to make a jump forwards or upwards, esp on one foot
2.
(intransitive) (esp of frogs, birds, rabbits, etc) to move forwards in short jumps
3.
(transitive) to jump over he hopped the hedge
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to move or proceed quickly (in, on, out of, etc) hop on a bus
5.
(transitive) (informal) to cross (an ocean) in an aircraft they hopped the Atlantic in seven hours
6.
(transitive) (US & Canadian, informal) 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.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to begin intense activity, esp work
9.
(intransitive) another word for limp1
10.
(Brit, slang) hop it, hop off, to go away
noun
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
  1. active or busy
  2. (Brit) unawares or unprepared the new ruling caught me on the hop
See also hop into
Word Origin
Old English hoppian; related to Old Norse hoppa to hop, Middle Low German hupfen

hop2

/hɒp/
noun
1.
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) See also hops
2.
hop garden, a field of hops
3.
(obsolete, slang) opium or any other narcotic drug
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch hoppe; related to Old High German hopfo, Norwegian hupp tassel
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Word Origin and History for hopping
hop
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").
hop
"vine," c.1440, from M.Du. hoppe, from P.Gmc. *khup-nan-, of unknown origin.
hop
"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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Slang definitions & phrases for hopping

hop 1

noun
  1. A dance or dancing party: We went to a hop (1731+)
  2. A hotel desk porter; bellhop: The hop was tall and thin (1940s+)
  3. A trip; stage of a journey; airplane flight: a long hop to Singapore (1909+)
  4. A beer: a hop with those quesadillas
verb
  1. : They hopped over to Brussels
  2. To board: to hop a plane (1909+)
Related Terms

carhop, seagoing bellhop, sock hop, table-hop


hop 2

modifier

: a hop fiend/ hop dream

noun
  1. Opium: So long as any smoker can obtain his hop (1887+ Narcotics)
  2. Any narcotic; dope: A little hop or dope was slipped to an anxious prisoner (1898+ Narcotics)

[fr a shortening of Cantonese Chinese nga pin, pronounced HAH peen, ''opium,'' literally ''crow peelings,'' a Chinese folk etymology for English opium; in a subsequent US folk etymology this was changed to hop by assimilation with the plant used to make beer, with its suggestions of intoxication]


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Related Abbreviations for hopping

HOP

high oxygen pressure
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Idioms and Phrases with hopping
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