- a circular band or ring of metal, wood, or other stiff material.
- such a band for holding together the staves of a cask, tub, etc.
- a large ring of iron, wood, plastic, etc., used as a plaything for a child to roll along the ground.
- a circular or ringlike object, part, figure, etc.
- the shank of a finger ring.
- Croquet. a wicket.
- a circular band of stiff material used to expand and display a woman's skirt.
- hoop skirt.
- Basketball Informal.
- the metal ring from which the net is suspended; rim.
- the metal ring and net taken together; the basket.
- the game of basketball.
- a decorative band, as around a mug or cup.
- hoop iron.
- to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop or hoops.
- to encircle; surround.
Origin of hoop
Examples from the Web for hoop
Contemporary Examples of hoop
Hoop skirts of the Civil War era relaxed into flowing, streamlined gowns.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
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
April 24, 2014
Then the second hoop is the profession, then industry, then finally society at large.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure
April 16, 2014
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
December 12, 2013
Historical Examples of hoop
Nor did her hips want the assistance of a hoop to extend them.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
In the south, too, hoop iron or whalebone is used for runner shoeing.The Long Labrador Trail
Put it into your hoop, and leave it in the oven an hour and a quarter.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
The Iroquois had shields of hide stretched on hoop for defensive armor.
The blacksmith was swinging along the road, with a hoop over his shoulder.The Shadow of a Crime
- a rigid circular band of metal or wood
- something resembling this
- a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
- (as modifier)hoop iron
- a child's toy shaped like a hoop and rolled on the ground or whirled around the body
- croquet any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
- a light curved frame to spread out a skirt
- (as modifier)a hoop skirt; a hoop petticoat
- basketball the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
- a large ring through which performers or animals jump
- an earring consisting of one or more circles of metal, plastic, etc
- the part of a finger ring through which the finger fits
- Australian informal a jockey
- go through the hoop or be put through the hoop to be subjected to an ordeal
- (tr) to surround with or as if with a hoop
Word Origin for hoop
- a variant spelling of whoop
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.