[ hopt-uhp ]
/ ˈhɒptˈʌp /

adjective Slang.

excited; enthusiastic; exuberant, especially overexuberant.
having an engine with added power: a hopped-up jalopy.
stimulated by narcotics; drugged; doped.

Origin of hopped-up

First recorded in 1920–25

Definition for hopped up (2 of 2)


[ hop ]
/ hɒp /


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.

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

to treat or flavor with hops.

Verb Phrases

hop up, Slang.
  1. to excite; make enthusiastic: They hopped the crowd up with fiery speeches.
  2. to add to the power of: The kids hopped up the motor of their jalopy.
  3. to stimulate by narcotics.

Origin of hop

1400–50; late Middle English hoppe < Middle Dutch hoppe (Dutch hop); cognate with Old High German hopfo (German Hopfen)
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British Dictionary definitions for hopped up (1 of 2)


/ (hɒp) /

verb hops, hopping or hopped


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 hopped up (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 hopped up (1 of 2)

hopped up


Relating to a motor, especially a car engine, whose power has been increased. For example, Kids loved to ride around in hopped-up cars. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see soup up.


Stimulated with, or as if with, a narcotic. For example, Their idea of a good time is to get all hopped up on marijuana or worse. This slangy usage dates from the 1920s but may be related to the late 19th-century use of the noun hop for a narcotic, especially opium.

Idioms and Phrases with hopped up (2 of 2)


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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