- to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.
- to spring or leap on one foot.
- Informal. to make a short, quick trip, especially in an airplane: He hopped up to Boston for the day.
- Informal. to travel or move frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination): to island-hop; to job-hop.
- Informal. to dance.
- to jump over; clear with a hop: The sheep hopped the fence.
- Informal. to board or get onto a vehicle: to hop a plane.
- Informal. to cross in an airplane: We hopped the Atlantic in five hours.
- an act of hopping; short leap.
- a leap on one foot.
- a journey, especially a short trip by air.
- Informal. a dance or dancing party.
- a bounce or rebound of a moving object, as a ball: She caught the ball on the first hop.
- hop to it, Informal. to begin to move, become active, or do something immediately: You'd better hop to it if you intend to buy groceries before the market closes.Also hop to.
Origin of hop1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for hop on Thesaurus.com
- any twining plant of the genus Humulus, bearing male flowers in loose clusters and female flowers in conelike forms.
- hops, the dried ripe cones of the female flowers of this plant, used in brewing, medicine, etc.
- Older Slang. a narcotic drug, especially opium.
- to treat or flavor with hops.
- hop up, Slang.
- to excite; make enthusiastic: They hopped the crowd up with fiery speeches.
- to add to the power of: The kids hopped up the motor of their jalopy.
- to stimulate by narcotics.
Origin of hop2
Examples from the Web for hop
“I went to a Jewish summer camp…” A van pulls up, and the two hop out, and immediately strip down and do a series of stretches.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious
December 8, 2014
Now, Blue Dog Democrats like Mary Landrieu are happy to hop on board.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
They hop around the country begging for dollars, when they used to spend that time together, professionally and socially.Time is Money: How to Fix Outrageous Political Spending
November 3, 2014
The senator was at the airport in Orlando, waiting to hop a flight home to Texas so he could take his daughters trick-or-treating.Ted Cruz, Accused of Being ‘Sidelined’ for the Midterms, Shows Off Schedule
November 3, 2014
“If they ever want to throw me on a plane to come back and hop in for a part like that, I would be game,” she tells me.SNL’s Kim Kardashian Konundrum: Why Nasim Pedrad’s Exit Hurts So Much
September 26, 2014
At night, however, he was able to attend the hop in the grand saloon.
That was the third hop vine she'd had from Mirandy Pendleton!Meadow Grass
But an idea works in a brain like Natt's pretty much as the hop ferments.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Hop over the sticks and lie crossed on the floor, And you're man and wife for nevermore.The Manxman
Well,” he added, “I believe that I will hop home and get some sleep.
- (intr) to make a jump forwards or upwards, esp on one foot
- (intr) (esp of frogs, birds, rabbits, etc) to move forwards in short jumps
- (tr) to jump overhe hopped the hedge
- (intr) informal to move or proceed quickly (in, on, out of, etc)hop on a bus
- (tr) informal to cross (an ocean) in an aircraftthey hopped the Atlantic in seven hours
- (tr) US and Canadian informal to travel by means of (an aircraft, bus, etc)he hopped a train to Chicago
- US and Canadian to bounce or cause to bouncehe hopped the flat stone over the lake's surface
- (intr) US and Canadian informal to begin intense activity, esp work
- (intr) another word for limp 1
- hop it or hop off British slang to go away
- the act or an instance of hopping
- old-fashioned, informal a dance, esp one at which popular music is playedwe're all going to the school hop tonight
- informal a trip, esp in an aircraft
- US a bounce, as of a ball
- on the hop informal
- active or busy
- Britishunawares or unpreparedthe new ruling caught me on the hop
- any climbing plant of the N temperate genus Humulus, esp H. lupulus, which has green conelike female flowers and clusters of small male flowers: family Cannabiaceae (or Cannabidaceae)See also hops
- hop garden a field of hops
- obsolete, slang opium or any other narcotic drug
Word Origin and History for hop
Old English hoppian "to spring, leap, dance," from Proto-Germanic *hupnojanan (cf. Old Norse hoppa, Dutch huppen, German hüpfen "to hop"). Related: Hopped; hopping.
usually hops, type of twining vine whose cones are used in brewing, etc., mid-15c., from Middle Dutch hoppe, from Proto-Germanic *hup-nan- (cf. Old Saxon -hoppo, German Hopfen), of unknown origin.
"opium," 1887, from Cantonese nga-pin (pronounced HAH-peen) "opium," a Chinese folk etymology of the English word opium, literally "crow peelings." Re-folk-etymologized back into English by association with hop (n.1).
"a small jump," c.1500, from hop (v.). Slang sense of "informal dancing party" is from 1731 (defined by Johnson as "a place where meaner people dance"). Meaning "short flight on an aircraft" is from 1909.
Idioms and Phrases with hop
In addition to the idioms beginning with hope
- hope against hope
- hope springs eternal
- hop to it
- hop up
- mad as a hornet (hops)