- 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 hops
Marvin hops over the edge of his retaining wall, which he built.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
It's a bright, drinkable IPA made with dry American hops giving the nose hints of mango and passion fruit.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Twenty-Five years after joining Rogue Ales, he still has his passion—and an obsession with hops.The Hop-Crazy Master Brewer
June 9, 2014
He hops up and down like a little boy—though at 23, he is a boy, really—as the names of the other nominees are called out.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
Erwan hops on the log, keeps his back board-straight, and prowls away.Exercising Like a Caveman: A.J. Jacobs Gets Primal
April 10, 2012
Hops are an aromatic grateful bitter, very wholesome, and undoubtedly efficacious in giving both flavour and strength to the beer.
When the full hour of brisk boiling has expired, put out the fire, draw off the liquor, leaving the hops of course in E.
And she hops into Sam's buggy and away they go to the minister's.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
The human body is not for him, so he grabs his bag and hops off.FreeChildrenStories.com Collection
Flowers with a disagreeable odor; fruit bitter, somewhat like hops.Trees of the Northern United States
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- the dried ripe flowers, esp the female flowers, of the hop plant, used to give a bitter taste to beer
- (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 hops
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.