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[gras-hop-er, grahs-] /ˈgræsˌhɒp ər, ˈgrɑs-/
any of numerous herbivorous, orthopterous insects, especially of the families Acrididae and Tettigoniidae, having the hind legs adapted for leaping and having chewing mouth parts, some species being highly destructive to vegetation.
Compare locust (def 1), long-horned grasshopper.
a small, light airplane used on low-flying missions, as for reconnaissance.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. antipersonnel mine that jumps off the ground when activated by proximate body heat and sprays shrapnel over a lethal radius of 350 feet (107 meters).
a cocktail of light cream, green crème de menthe, and white crème de menthe or crème de cacao.
Origin of grasshopper
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at grass, hopper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You are thinner than a grasshopper, and you won't make it any heavier.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The grasshopper is banished to the garden and the Cheshire Cat smiles all over her face.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • The same type of mouth as the grasshopper has will be found among the beetles.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • There, in plain sight, he took the bait, as a trout might have taken a grasshopper.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • He wants me to train him for his go with grasshopper Jake, and I did.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Think of that, with the grasshopper as groggy as a five days old calf!

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • She was knee-high to a grasshopper, and I was shoulder-high.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
British Dictionary definitions for grasshopper


any orthopterous insect of the families Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers) and Tettigoniidae (long-horned grasshoppers), typically terrestrial, feeding on plants, and producing a ticking sound by rubbing the hind legs against the leathery forewings See also locust (sense 1), katydid
(informal) knee-high to a grasshopper, very young or very small
an iced cocktail of equal parts of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream
(modifier) unable to concentrate on any one subject for long: a grasshopper mind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grasshopper

mid-14c. (late 13c. as a surname), earlier greshoppe (c.1200), from Old English gærshoppa; see grass + hop. Cf. Middle Swedish gräshoppare, German Grashüpfer. As a term of reproach, from Eccl. xii:5. Also recorded c.1300 as a name for the hare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grasshopper



A person who smokes marijuana; pothead: My wife was a little grasshopper herself. But she didn't go on to become an addict (1960s+ Narcotics)

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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Idioms and Phrases with grasshopper


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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