[gras-hop-er, grahs-]


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.
a small, light airplane used on low-flying missions, as for reconnaissance.
(initial capital letter) 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).
a cocktail of light cream, green crème de menthe, and white crème de menthe or crème de cacao.

Origin of grasshopper

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at grass, hopper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grasshopper

Contemporary Examples of grasshopper

Historical Examples of grasshopper

  • You are thinner than a grasshopper, and you won't make it any heavier.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The grasshopper is banished to the garden and the Cheshire Cat smiles all over her face.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • The same type of mouth as the grasshopper has will be found among the beetles.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • There, in plain sight, he took the bait, as a trout might have taken a grasshopper.

  • He wants me to train him for his go with Grasshopper Jake, and I did.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for grasshopper



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 forewingsSee also locust (def. 1), katydid
knee-high to a grasshopper informal very young or very small
an iced cocktail of equal parts of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream
(modifier) unable to concentrate on any one subject for longa grasshopper mind
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Word Origin and History for grasshopper

mid-14c. (late 13c. as a surname), earlier greshoppe (c.1200), from Old English gærshoppa; see grass + hop. Cf. Middle Swedish gräshoppare, German Grashüpfer. As a term of reproach, from Eccl. xii:5. Also recorded c.1300 as a name for the hare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with grasshopper


see knee-high to a grasshopper.

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