- a person or thing that hops.
- Informal. a person who travels or moves frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination): a two-week tour designed for energetic city-hoppers.
- any of various jumping insects, as grasshoppers or leafhoppers.
- Australian. kangaroo.
- a funnel-shaped chamber or bin in which loose material, as grain or coal, is stored temporarily, being filled through the top and dispensed through the bottom.
- Railroads. hopper car.
- U.S. Politics. a box into which a proposed legislative bill is dropped and thereby officially introduced.
- one of the pieces at each side of a hopper casement.
- in the hopper, Informal. in preparation; about to be realized: Plans for the class reunion are in the hopper.
Origin of hopper
- a person or thing that hops
- a funnel-shaped chamber or reservoir from which solid materials can be discharged under gravity into a receptacle below, esp for feeding fuel to a furnace, loading a railway truck with grain, etc
- a machine used for picking hops
- any of various long-legged hopping insects, esp the grasshopper, leaf hopper, and immature locust
- Also called: hoppercar an open-topped railway truck for bulk transport of loose minerals, etc, unloaded through doors on the underside
- Southern African another name for cocopan
- computing a device formerly used for holding punched cards and feeding them to a card punch or card reader
- Edward. 1882–1967, US painter, noted for his realistic depiction of everyday scenes
"container with narrow opening at bottom," late 13c., perhaps an agent noun from hop (v.) via notion of grain juggling in a mill hopper.
"person or animal that hops," mid-13c., agent noun from hop (v.). From c.1200 as a surname, and perhaps existing in Old English (cf. hoppestre "female dancer").
- American mathematician and computer programmer who in 1951 conceived the idea for an internal computer program, called a compiler, that scanned a set of alphanumeric instructions (such as words and symbols) and compiled a set of binary instructions executed by the machine. Her ideas were widely influential in the development of programming languages, in particular COBOL.