hopping

[ hop-ing ]
/ ˈhɒp ɪŋ /
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adjective

working energetically; busily engaged: He kept the staff hopping in order to get the report finished.
going from one place or situation to another of a similar specified type (usually used in combination): restaurant-hopping.

Nearby words

  1. hopper dredge,
  2. hopper frame,
  3. hopper, edward,
  4. hopper, grace,
  5. hoppergrass,
  6. hopping john,
  7. hopping mad,
  8. hoppingly,
  9. hopple,
  10. hoppus foot

Idioms

    hopping mad, furious; enraged: He was hopping mad when his daughter dropped out of college.

Origin of hopping

First recorded in 1665–75; hop1 + -ing2

hop

1
[ hop ]
/ hɒp /

verb (used without object), hopped, hop·ping.

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

noun

Origin of hop

1
before 1000; Middle English hoppen (v.), Old English hoppian; cognate with German hopfen, Old Norse hoppa

Related formshop·ping·ly, adverb

Can be confusedhop jump skip (see synonym study at jump) (see synonym study at skip1)

hop

2
[ hop ]
/ hɒp /

noun

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

2
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 hopping

hopping

/ (ˈhɒpɪŋ) /

noun

the action of a person or animal that hops
Tyneside dialect a fair, esp (the Hoppings) an annual fair in Newcastle

adjective

hopping mad in a terrible rage

hop

1
/ (hɒp) /

verb hops, hopping or hopped

noun

See also hop into

Word Origin for hop

Old English hoppian; related to Old Norse hoppa to hop, Middle Low German hupfen

hop

2
/ (hɒp) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for hopping
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Idioms and Phrases with hopping

hop

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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