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lop1

[lop] /lɒp/
verb (used with object), lopped, lopping.
1.
to cut off (branches, twigs, etc.) from a tree or other plant.
2.
to cut off (a limb, part, or the like) from a person, animal, etc.
3.
to cut off the branches, twigs, etc., of (a tree or other plant).
4.
to eliminate as unnecessary or excessive:
We had to lop off whole pages of the report before presenting it to the committee.
5.
Archaic. to cut off the head, limbs, etc., of (a person).
verb (used without object), lopped, lopping.
6.
to cut off branches, twigs, etc., as of a tree.
7.
to remove parts by or as by cutting.
noun
8.
parts or a part lopped off.
9.
(of trees) the smaller branches and twigs not useful as timber.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English loppe part or parts cut off; perhaps akin to Old English loppe spider (see lop2, lobster

lop2

[lop] /lɒp/
verb (used without object), lopped, lopping.
1.
to hang loosely or limply; droop.
2.
to sway, move, or go in a drooping or heavy, awkward way.
3.
to move in short, quick leaps:
a rabbit lopping through the garden.
verb (used with object), lopped, lopping.
4.
to let hang or droop:
He lopped his arms at his sides in utter exhaustion.
adjective
5.
hanging down limply or droopingly:
lop ears.
Origin
1570-80; v. use of obsolete lop spider or lop dangling part of a tree (see lop1); literally, to behave like a lop, i.e., to dangle, hang loosely. See lob1
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British Dictionary definitions for lopped

lop1

/lɒp/
verb lops, lopping, lopped (transitive) usually foll by off
1.
to sever (parts) from a tree, body, etc, esp with swift strokes
2.
to cut out or eliminate from as excessive
noun
3.
a part or parts lopped off, as from a tree
Derived Forms
lopper, noun
Word Origin
C15 loppe branches cut off; compare lob1

lop2

/lɒp/
verb lops, lopping, lopped
1.
to hang or allow to hang loosely
2.
(intransitive) to slouch about or move awkwardly
3.
(intransitive) a less common word for lope
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to lop1; compare lob1

lop3

/lɒp/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a flea
Word Origin
probably from Old Norse hloppa (unattested) flea, from hlaupa to leap
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Word Origin and History for lopped

lop

v.

"cut off," 1510s, from Middle English loppe (n.) "small branches and twigs trimmed from trees" (early 15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Lopped (mid-15c.); lopping. Place name Loppedthorn is attested from 1287.

"droop, hang loosely," 1570s, probably a variant of lob or of lap (v.); cf. lopsided (1711), originally lapsided, first used of ships. Lop-eared attested from 1680s. Related: Lopped; lopping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lopped

lop

noun

A tedious, contemptible person; dork, jerk, nerd: Lop: a dork

[1980s+ Teenagers; origin unknown]


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Related Abbreviations for lopped

LOP

  1. left occipitoposterior (position)
  2. loss of pointer
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