[ hopt-uhp ]
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  1. excited; enthusiastic; exuberant, especially overexuberant.

  2. having an engine with added power: a hopped-up jalopy.

  1. stimulated by narcotics; drugged; doped.

Origin of hopped-up

First recorded in 1920–25

Words Nearby hopped-up

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How to use hopped-up in a sentence

  • Saying which, Mr. Gibney hopped up into his berth, stretched his huge legs, and fell asleep with his clothes on.

    Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
  • When that devilish jig tune started up underneath me I'll bet I hopped up three foot straight.

    Mary-'Gusta | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The girl who had been dancing about on her crutches hopped up on the table.

    The Camp Fire Girls' Careers | Margaret Vandercook

Other Idioms and Phrases with 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.

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