[ gras-hop-er ]
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  1. any of numerous herbivorous, orthopterous insects, especially of the families Acrididae and Tettigoniidae, having the hind legs adapted for leaping and having chewing mouth parts, some species being highly destructive to vegetation.: Compare locust (def. 1), long-horned grasshopper.

  2. a small, light airplane used on low-flying missions, as for reconnaissance.

  1. Grass·hop·per, Military. a U.S. antipersonnel mine that jumps off the ground when activated by proximate body heat and sprays shrapnel over a lethal radius of 350 feet (107 meters).

  2. a cocktail of light cream, green crème de menthe, and white crème de menthe or crème de cacao.

Origin of grasshopper

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English; see origin at grass, hopper

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How to use grasshopper in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grasshopper


/ (ˈɡrɑːsˌhɒpə) /

  1. any orthopterous insect of the families Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers) and Tettigoniidae (long-horned grasshoppers), typically terrestrial, feeding on plants, and producing a ticking sound by rubbing the hind legs against the leathery forewings: See also locust (def. 1), katydid

  2. knee-high to a grasshopper informal very young or very small

  1. an iced cocktail of equal parts of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream

  2. (modifier) unable to concentrate on any one subject for long: a grasshopper mind

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Other Idioms and Phrases with grasshopper


see knee-high to a grasshopper.

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