[ bel-hop ]
/ ˈbɛlˌhɒp /


a person who is employed, especially by a hotel, to carry guests' luggage, run errands, etc.

verb (used without object), bell·hopped, bell·hop·ping.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bellhop


/ (ˈbɛlˌhɒp) /


US and Canadian another name for bellboy
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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