- the metal ring from which the net is suspended; rim.
- the metal ring and net taken together; the basket.
- the game of basketball.
Origin of hoop
OTHER WORDS FROM hoophoopless, adjectivehooplike, adjectiveun·hooped, adjective
How to use hoop in a sentence
Animals jumped through unbelievable hoops and seemingly appeared out of thin air.
Stacked cylinders form a base beneath her feet and loosely roll about as she juggles objects and weaves in and out of hula-hoops.
We have to jump through hoops to do things that should be simple—filing taxes, being respected as a family.Last of the Anti-Gay Marriage Judges|Marc Solomon|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Jumping through hoops to maintain status as a legitimate business is nothing really new.Too Hot for Google: Why The Internet Giant Is Scared of Porn|Aurora Snow|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then, while he still struggled to have his way with her, a pair of arms took him about the waist like hoops of steel.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Here we have shepherdesses in hoops and wreaths of roses and shepherds in satin coats, who carry crooks tied with knots of riband.Child Life In Town And Country|Anatole France
The foragers had hoops, also, but they were to throw down theirs, and to make their escape at the signal agreed on.
Those whose hoops had been knocked down assembled on one side, close to the side wicket.
The hoops to have holes in the bottom; the crushings are saved, and set, and churned, to grease the cheese.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for hoop (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 hoop (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with hoop
see jump through hoops.