noun Older Slang.

a narcotics addict, especially an opium addict.

Origin of hophead

First recorded in 1910–15; hop2 + head
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Related Words for hophead

junkie, addict, user, freak, burnout, dopehead, doper, druggie

British Dictionary definitions for hophead



slang, mainly US a heroin or opium addict

Word Origin for hophead

C20: from obsolete slang hop opium; see hop ²
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Word Origin and History for hophead

"opium addict," 1911, from hop (n.2) + head (n.) in the drug sense.

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