- the metal ring from which the net is suspended; rim.
- the metal ring and net taken together; the basket.
- the game of basketball.
verb (used with object)
Origin of hoop
Examples from the Web for hoop
Hoop skirts of the Civil War era relaxed into flowing, streamlined gowns.
Directed by fellow Chicagoan Steve James ( Hoop Dreams), Life Itself is a worthy tribute to the most popular film critic ever.
She sits polished in a hip yet age-appropriate (age-defying, really, for 76 ) leather jacket, and hoop earrings.Marlo Thomas Says Girls Should Feel Free to Be Like Hannah Horvath|Emily Shire|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then the second hoop is the profession, then industry, then finally society at large.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure|Tessa Miller|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel first championed my film, Hoop Dreams, which was essential to its success.‘Life Itself’: An Open Letter From Filmmaker Steve James About His Roger Ebert Documentary|Steve James|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was not quite as old as the others, and he could not manage a hoop.All About Johnnie Jones|Carolyn Verhoeff
Note the lady's hoop skirt and the bearded officer to whom she is speaking.The Greatest Highway in the World|Anonymous
Beaver are split but stretched round and should be left in the hoop or stretcher for several days.Fur Farming|A. R. Harding
The lady of the house waited with anger in her eyes for the appearance of the hoop's owner.Jokes For All Occasions|Anonymous
It would need a hoop of steel to keep them near such a dismal old sawmonger.Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
- a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
- (as modifier)hoop iron
- a light curved frame to spread out a skirt
- (as modifier)a hoop skirt; a hoop petticoat
- an earring consisting of one or more circles of metal, plastic, etc
- the part of a finger ring through which the finger fits
Word Origin for hoop
late 12c., probably from an unrecorded Old English *hop, from Proto-Germanic *hopa-, a Low German-Frisian word (cf. Old Frisian hop, Middle Dutch and Dutch hoep "hoop," Old Norse hop "a small bay"). As something someone jumps through (on horseback) as a circus trick, by 1793. Figurative use of jump through hoops by 1917. The verb is from mid-15c. Hoop-petticoat is attested from 1711. As a surname, Hooper, literally "maker of hoops" is early 13c.
see jump through hoops.