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[bel-hop] /ˈbɛlˌhɒp/
a person who is employed, especially by a hotel, to carry guests' luggage, run errands, etc.
verb (used without object), bellhopped, bellhopping.
Also, bell-hop. to work as a bellhop.
Origin of bellhop
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; bell1 + hop1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The bellhop gave us a knowing leer as we registered separately, but I was content to let him think what he wanted.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • I saw her register, I went with her and the bellhop to her room, Number 913, and saw her installed.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Being a bellhop isnt just the job Id pick out for you, or any boy, if I had the choosing.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • The bellhop waved at them and they cawed at her and flew off.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • A young man who doubled as bellhop and elevator operator took Candron up to the third floor.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing Gordon Randall Garrett
  • She stared gape-jawed at this until the bellhop gently tugged at her elbow, giving her a dazzling smile.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • While here I was to telephone once or twice, also to call a bellhop and see him.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • Did any one here see Mr Pollard in his room, the detective asked in desperation, and to his surprise a bellhop piped out, I did.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • Then the bellhop escorted me to 1224 and left me for the night.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Thus girded, she consulted with her bellhop some more and laid out an itinerary.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for bellhop


(US & Canadian) another name for bellboy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bellhop

also bell-hop, by 1906, American English, shortening of slang bellhopper (1899), from bell (n.) + hop (v.). The notion is one who "hops" into action when the bell is rung.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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seagoing bellhop

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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