[ hop-er ]
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  1. a person or thing that hops.

  2. Informal. a person who travels or moves frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination): a two-week tour designed for energetic city-hoppers.

  1. any of various jumping insects, as grasshoppers or leafhoppers.

  2. Australian. kangaroo.

  3. a funnel-shaped chamber or bin in which loose material, as grain or coal, is stored temporarily, being filled through the top and dispensed through the bottom.

  4. Railroads. hopper car.

  5. U.S. Politics. a box into which a proposed legislative bill is dropped and thereby officially introduced.

  6. one of the pieces at each side of a hopper casement.

Idioms about hopper

  1. in the hopper, Informal. in preparation; about to be realized: Plans for the class reunion are in the hopper.

Origin of hopper

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at hop1, -er1

Words Nearby hopper

Other definitions for Hopper (2 of 2)

[ hop-er ]

  1. Edward, 1882–1967, U.S. painter and etcher.

  2. Grace Murray, 1906–92, U.S. naval officer and computer scientist.

  1. (William) De Wolf [duh-woolf], /də wʊlf/, 1858–1935, U.S. actor.

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How to use hopper in a sentence

  • Each machine has but just sufficient powder in its hopper to run until a new supply can reach it.

  • The only kind to use are short-hopper closets with a trap that opens into the soil-pipe above the floor.

  • The star ship had not lifted, that message had found its way south, passed along by hopper and merman.

    Star Born | Andre Norton
  • Dr. hopper wrote a number of poems that were publisht in three volumes.

    The Kirk on Rutgers Farm | Frederick Brckbauer
  • Edward hopper came in 1868 and on June 29, 1869, he was installed as pastor.

    The Kirk on Rutgers Farm | Frederick Brckbauer

British Dictionary definitions for hopper (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒpə) /

  1. a person or thing that hops

  2. a funnel-shaped chamber or reservoir from which solid materials can be discharged under gravity into a receptacle below, esp for feeding fuel to a furnace, loading a railway truck with grain, etc

  1. a machine used for picking hops

  2. any of various long-legged hopping insects, esp the grasshopper, leaf hopper, and immature locust

  3. Also called: hoppercar an open-topped railway truck for bulk transport of loose minerals, etc, unloaded through doors on the underside

  4. Southern African another name for cocopan

  5. computing a device formerly used for holding punched cards and feeding them to a card punch or card reader

British Dictionary definitions for Hopper (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒpə) /

  1. Edward. 1882–1967, US painter, noted for his realistic depiction of everyday scenes

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Scientific definitions for Hopper


[ hŏpər ]

  1. American mathematician and computer programmer who in 1951 conceived the idea for an internal computer program, called a compiler, that scanned a set of alphanumeric instructions (such as words and symbols) and compiled a set of binary instructions executed by the machine. Her ideas were widely influential in the development of programming languages, in particular COBOL.

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