[ 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 hopup (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 hopup (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 hopup


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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