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

Origin of hopped-up

First recorded in 1920–25


  1. any twining plant of the genus Humulus, bearing male flowers in loose clusters and female flowers in conelike forms.
  2. hops, the dried ripe cones of the female flowers of this plant, used in brewing, medicine, etc.
  3. Older Slang. a narcotic drug, especially opium.
verb (used with object), hopped, hop·ping.
  1. to treat or flavor with hops.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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


verb hops, hopping or hopped
  1. (intr) to make a jump forwards or upwards, esp on one foot
  2. (intr) (esp of frogs, birds, rabbits, etc) to move forwards in short jumps
  3. (tr) to jump overhe hopped the hedge
  4. (intr) informal to move or proceed quickly (in, on, out of, etc)hop on a bus
  5. (tr) informal to cross (an ocean) in an aircraftthey hopped the Atlantic in seven hours
  6. (tr) US and Canadian informal to travel by means of (an aircraft, bus, etc)he hopped a train to Chicago
  7. US and Canadian to bounce or cause to bouncehe hopped the flat stone over the lake's surface
  8. (intr) US and Canadian informal to begin intense activity, esp work
  9. (intr) another word for limp 1
  10. hop it or hop off British slang to go away
  1. the act or an instance of hopping
  2. old-fashioned, informal a dance, esp one at which popular music is playedwe're all going to the school hop tonight
  3. informal a trip, esp in an aircraft
  4. US a bounce, as of a ball
  5. 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


  1. 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
  2. hop garden a field of hops
  3. 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 hopped up



Old English hoppian "to spring, leap, dance," from Proto-Germanic *hupnojanan (cf. Old Norse hoppa, Dutch huppen, German hüpfen "to hop"). Related: Hopped; hopping.



usually hops, type of twining vine whose cones are used in brewing, etc., mid-15c., from Middle Dutch hoppe, from Proto-Germanic *hup-nan- (cf. Old Saxon -hoppo, German Hopfen), of unknown origin.



"opium," 1887, from Cantonese nga-pin (pronounced HAH-peen) "opium," a Chinese folk etymology of the English word opium, literally "crow peelings." Re-folk-etymologized back into English by association with hop (n.1).



"a small jump," c.1500, from hop (v.). Slang sense of "informal dancing party" is from 1731 (defined by Johnson as "a place where meaner people dance"). Meaning "short flight on an aircraft" is from 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hopped up

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.


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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