[ hop ]
/ hɒp /
verb (used without object), hopped, hop·ping.
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.
verb (used with object), hopped, hop·ping.
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.
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Idioms for 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
before 1000; Middle English hoppen (v.), Old English hoppian; cognate with German hopfen, Old Norse hoppa
OTHER WORDS FROM hophop·ping·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hop to it (1 of 2)
/ (hɒp) /
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
- active or busy
- British unawares 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
British Dictionary definitions for hop to it (2 of 2)
/ (hɒp) /
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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Idioms and Phrases with hop to it (1 of 2)
hop to it
Begin to do something quickly and energetically, as in We've got to hop to it and get our shopping done. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with hop to it (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with hope
- hope against hope
- hope springs eternal
- hop to it
- hop up
- mad as a hornet (hops)
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