verb (used without object), hopped, hop·ping.

verb (used with object), hopped, hop·ping.


Nearby words

  1. hoover, j. edgar,
  2. hooverville,
  3. hoovervilles,
  4. hooves,
  5. hooya,
  6. hop clover,
  7. hop hornbeam,
  8. hop into,
  9. hop to it,
  10. hop trefoil


    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 hop

before 1000; Middle English hoppen (v.), Old English hoppian; cognate with German hopfen, Old Norse hoppa

Related formshop·ping·ly, adverb

Can be confusedhop jump skip (see synonym study at jump) (see synonym study at skip1)

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British Dictionary definitions for hop it



verb hops, hopping or hopped

(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
  1. active or busy
  2. Britishunawares or unpreparedthe new ruling caught me on the hop
See also hop into

Word Origin for hop

Old English hoppian; related to Old Norse hoppa to hop, Middle Low German hupfen




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 for hop

C15: from Middle Dutch hoppe; related to Old High German hopfo, Norwegian hupp tassel

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Word Origin and History for hop it
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Idioms and Phrases with hop it


In addition to the idioms beginning with hope

  • hope against hope
  • hope springs eternal
  • hop to it
  • hop up

also see:

  • mad as a hornet (hops)
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