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[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
1000
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 from the web for hops
  • Toasty, malty flavors in perfect balance with bitterish hops.
  • As you read this, your eyes are rapidly flicking from left to right in small hops, bringing each word sequentially into focus.
  • When an evolving viral disease hops a species barrier, it can sometimes cause horrific infections.
  • In this model, the receptor switches on when an electron hops from donor to acceptor.
  • Beer is supposed to have a pleasant bitterness, thanks to the contribution of hops.
  • Most of us don't think twice about getting behind the wheel even for short hops to pick up some milk.
  • The end result of which, much to the parasite's joy, is that the cricket seeks out water and hops right in.
  • hops was added as a preservative when it was transported away from the brewing origin.
  • But the climate and the land are excellent for growing barley and hops, the basic ingredients of beer.
  • It then hops to its destination by directing some of the gas to sideways-facing thrusters, to propel itself backwards or forwards.
British Dictionary definitions for hops

hops

/hɒps/
plural noun
1.
the dried ripe flowers, esp the female flowers, of the hop plant, used to give a bitter taste to beer

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 hops

hop

v.

Old English hoppian "to spring, leap, dance," from Proto-Germanic *hupnojanan (cf. Old Norse hoppa, Dutch huppen, German hüpfen "to hop"). Related: Hopped; hopping.

n.

usually hops, type of twining vine whose cones are used in brewing, etc., mid-15c., from Middle Dutch hoppe, from Proto-Germanic *hup-nan- (cf. Old Saxon -hoppo, German Hopfen), of unknown origin.

"opium," 1887, from Cantonese nga-pin (pronounced HAH-peen) "opium," a Chinese folk etymology of the English word opium, literally "crow peelings." Re-folk-etymologized back into English by association with hop (n.1).

"a small jump," c.1500, from hop (v.). Slang sense of "informal dancing party" is from 1731 (defined by Johnson as "a place where meaner people dance"). Meaning "short flight on an aircraft" is from 1909.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hops

hops

noun

Beer (1930+)

Related Terms

full of beans


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 hops

HOP

high oxygen pressure
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Idioms and Phrases with hops

hop

In addition to the idioms beginning with
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