- working energetically; busily engaged: He kept the staff hopping in order to get the report finished.
- going from one place or situation to another of a similar specified type (usually used in combination): restaurant-hopping.
- hopping mad, furious; enraged: He was hopping mad when his daughter dropped out of college.
Origin of hopping
- to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.
- to spring or leap on one foot.
- Informal. to make a short, quick trip, especially in an airplane: He hopped up to Boston for the day.
- Informal. to travel or move frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination): to island-hop; to job-hop.
- Informal. to dance.
- to jump over; clear with a hop: The sheep hopped the fence.
- Informal. to board or get onto a vehicle: to hop a plane.
- Informal. to cross in an airplane: We hopped the Atlantic in five hours.
- an act of hopping; short leap.
- a leap on one foot.
- a journey, especially a short trip by air.
- Informal. a dance or dancing party.
- a bounce or rebound of a moving object, as a ball: She caught the ball on the first hop.
- 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 of hop1
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- any twining plant of the genus Humulus, bearing male flowers in loose clusters and female flowers in conelike forms.
- hops, the dried ripe cones of the female flowers of this plant, used in brewing, medicine, etc.
- Older Slang. a narcotic drug, especially opium.
- to treat or flavor with hops.
- hop up, Slang.
- to excite; make enthusiastic: They hopped the crowd up with fiery speeches.
- to add to the power of: The kids hopped up the motor of their jalopy.
- to stimulate by narcotics.
Origin of hop2
Examples from the Web for hopping
Brooks: Here comes Peter, folks, the well-known director of Busting and Fat Chance, hopping down the bunny trail.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
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Hopping forward to the Llewyn Davis era—we kind of look at that as the ultimate romantic Greenwich Village, or at least I do.Why Did Llewyn Davis’s Greenwich Village Disappear?
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Half the GOP caucus will be hopping mad at him if he does let a clean CR get to the floor.The Shutdown and Boehner’s Future
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Three dogs trotted around the house throughout the day, hopping in the car with Mr. and Mrs. Russell on occasion to do errands.‘She Knew Nothing’: Meet the Bomber’s Widow, Raising the Bomber’s Daughter
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Mandleco was hopping ludicrously about in an agony of impatience.We're Friends, Now
He had to follow, hopping on one foot all the while, and falling often and being dragged.
Im not interested in hopping acrobatics, said Maya in some disgust.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
"Guess I'd keep him hopping, too," retorted Phœbe, at which the boy laughed.Patchwork
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The rabbits all were out, hopping in the222 shine and shadow.Pluck on the Long Trail
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- the action of a person or animal that hops
- Tyneside dialect a fair, esp (the Hoppings) an annual fair in Newcastle
- hopping mad in a terrible rage
- (intr) to make a jump forwards or upwards, esp on one foot
- (intr) (esp of frogs, birds, rabbits, etc) to move forwards in short jumps
- (tr) to jump overhe hopped the hedge
- (intr) informal to move or proceed quickly (in, on, out of, etc)hop on a bus
- (tr) informal to cross (an ocean) in an aircraftthey hopped the Atlantic in seven hours
- (tr) US and Canadian informal to travel by means of (an aircraft, bus, etc)he hopped a train to Chicago
- US and Canadian to bounce or cause to bouncehe hopped the flat stone over the lake's surface
- (intr) US and Canadian informal to begin intense activity, esp work
- (intr) another word for limp 1
- hop it or hop off British slang to go away
- the act or an instance of hopping
- old-fashioned, informal a dance, esp one at which popular music is playedwe're all going to the school hop tonight
- informal a trip, esp in an aircraft
- US a bounce, as of a ball
- on the hop informal
- active or busy
- Britishunawares or unpreparedthe new ruling caught me on the hop
- 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
- hop garden a field of hops
- obsolete, slang opium or any other narcotic drug
Word Origin and History for hopping
Old English hoppian "to spring, leap, dance," from Proto-Germanic *hupnojanan (cf. Old Norse hoppa, Dutch huppen, German hüpfen "to hop"). Related: Hopped; hopping.
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.