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.
Older Use: 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.
Older Use: 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.
Idioms about 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.
- hop·ping·ly, adverb
Other definitions for hop (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use hop in a sentence
One such collection is NBA Remix line, which features clothing with logos of eight NBA teams that had been artistically redesigned by hip hop artists based in the same city.Bleacher Report is drafting a commerce strategy that’s growth plan hinges on fan fervor for exclusive merchandise | Kayleigh Barber | November 19, 2020 | Digiday
It’s a world both nostalgic and soberly realistic, full of crystalline descriptions of the Kentish countryside and the now long-gone hop gardens that once flourished there.The inspiration for Maisie Dobbs? Jacqueline Winspear’s memoir offers charming clues | Zofia Smardz | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
There would be multiple invitations to card parties, often forcing Sardana to hop parties.Coronavirus has nothing on India’s Diwali cards party spirit | Manavi Kapur | October 30, 2020 | Quartz
Adding to the series of unfortunate events, the virus gets the opportunity to make that dreary carrier-to-human hop.Can We Wipe Out All Coronaviruses for Good? Here’s What a Group of 200 Scientists Think | Shelly Fan | October 27, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The hop industry has been a beneficiary and driver of this renaissance.
Fidel jumped out and hopped into the ocean without getting wet.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then the two hopped in a car and “drove around Chicago like lunatics,” Wald remembered.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America | David Yaffe, Scott Saul | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Baugh hopped out and towed it a block away with practiced speed and ease.
After the ceremony, the pope ditched his mitre and ceremonial robes and hopped into the popemobile for a spin around the square.Onscene as Pope Francis Makes Saints of John Paul II and John XXIII | Barbie Latza Nadeau | April 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And a lesser man, like myself, would have sprinted to the airport and hopped the next flight to Miami.
Jessie suddenly hopped down from the chair arm and began a pirouette about the room, clapping her hands as she danced.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
Chapman stopped before the office door, and the eager Jessie hopped out.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
Then giving a graceful little jump and shaking out her tail feathers, she hopped up to the Black Madonna.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche | Anatole France
Again I hopped—on my tin leg—to my friend the tinsmith, who kindly made me another tin leg and fastened it to my body.The Tin Woodman of Oz | L. Frank Baum
So the Green Monkey unfastened the door of the golden cage and the Canary hopped out.The Tin Woodman of Oz | L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for hop (1 of 2)
(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 over: he 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 aircraft: they 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 bounce: he 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 played: we'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 unprepared: the new ruling caught me on the hop
- See also hop into
British Dictionary definitions for hop (2 of 2)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other 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)
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