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bellhop

[bel-hop]
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noun
  1. a person who is employed, especially by a hotel, to carry guests' luggage, run errands, etc.
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verb (used without object), bell·hopped, bell·hop·ping.
  1. Also bell-hop. to work as a bellhop.
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Origin of bellhop

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; bell1 + hop1
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Examples from the Web for bellhop

Historical Examples

  • Then the bellhop escorted me to 1224 and left me for the night.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • I saw her register, I went with her and the bellhop to her room, Number 913, and saw her installed.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • While here I was to telephone once or twice, also to call a bellhop and see him.

    The Luminous Face

    Carolyn Wells

  • Thus girded, she consulted with her bellhop some more and laid out an itinerary.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • The bellhop waved at them and they cawed at her and flew off.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for bellhop

bellhop

noun
  1. US and Canadian another name for bellboy
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bellhop

n.

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.

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