[hoop, hoo p]


verb (used with object)

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

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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Examples from the Web for hoops

Contemporary Examples of hoops

Historical Examples of hoops

  • The Graces were then summoned, and after them the Muses—all in hoops, powder, and paint.

  • I see, the dancing-girl is standing ready; they are handing her some hoops.

  • The parrots only, swinging in their hoops, filled the air with their cries.

    Sielanka: An Idyll

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • Do you remember the big blue parrots that swung in hoops from the chandeliers?


    Alice Hegan Rice

  • It used to be used for the ribs of umbrellas and for ladies' hoops.

British Dictionary definitions for hoops




a rigid circular band of metal or wood
something resembling this
  1. a band of iron that holds the staves of a barrel or cask together
  2. (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
  1. a light curved frame to spread out a skirt
  2. (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
  1. an earring consisting of one or more circles of metal, plastic, etc
  2. 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
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 hoops



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 hoops


see jump through hoops.

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