- 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)
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Origin of hoop
OTHER WORDS FROM hoophoop·less, adjectivehoop·like, adjectiveun·hooped, adjective
Words nearby hoop
Example sentences from the Web for hoops
Given the hoops mania, though, the gym is the largest in the state, capable of holding 3,000-plus rabid fans.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own|Robert Silverman|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Education is a series of hoops to jump through, not a process of self-improvement or self-discovery.China’s Schools Teaches Kids to Take Tests, Obey the State, and Not Much More|Junheng Li|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There are also a 50-year-old lap pool and a smaller-than regulation basketball court with hoops on each end.
But even in hoops McHale should be able to handle the REM frontman, who attended the University of Georgia.
They were to try their best to turn square corners, to roll their hoops in a straight line, and to keep them from falling down.All About Johnnie Jones|Carolyn Verhoeff
In the mean time, our fellows were getting on famously with the hoops of the huge spirit-cask.
When a farmer went to town to get some grain, or a pair of boots, or a dress for his wife, he took a load of hoops.In the Catskills|John Burroughs
Increase of wealth divides rather than unites a people; but suffering shared in common binds it together with hoops of steel.Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
He did not learn all of them as easily as he had learned to ride the dog and pony, or jump through the hoops.Mappo, the Merry Monkey|Richard Barnum
British Dictionary definitions for hoops (1 of 2)
- 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
Derived forms of hoophooped, adjectivehooplike, adjective
Word Origin for hoop
British Dictionary definitions for hoops (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with hoops
see jump through hoops.