[ hoop, hoo p ]
/ hup, hʊp /


verb (used with object)

to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop or hoops.
to encircle; surround.


Nearby words

  1. hoolie,
  2. hooligan,
  3. hooliganism,
  4. hooly,
  5. hoon,
  6. hoop back,
  7. hoop iron,
  8. hoop pine,
  9. hoop skirt,
  10. hoop snake

Origin of hoop

1125–75; Middle English hope, hoop, late Old English hōp; cognate with Dutch hoep

Related formshoop·less, adjectivehoop·like, adjectiveun·hooped, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hoop


/ (huːp) /



(tr) to surround with or as if with a hoop
Derived Formshooped, adjectivehooplike, adjective

Word Origin for hoop

Old English hōp; related to Dutch hoep, Old Norse hōp bay, Lithuanian kabẽ hook

noun, verb

a variant spelling of whoop
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Word Origin and History 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.

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Idioms and Phrases with hoop


see jump through hoops.

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