lop

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[ lop ]
/ lɒp /

verb (used with object), lopped, lop·ping.

verb (used without object), lopped, lop·ping.

to cut off branches, twigs, etc., as of a tree.
to remove parts by or as by cutting.

noun

parts or a part lopped off.
(of trees) the smaller branches and twigs not useful as timber.

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Origin of lop

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1375–1425; late Middle English loppe part or parts cut off; perhaps akin to Old English loppe spider (see lop2, lobster

Definition for lop (2 of 3)

lop2
[ lop ]
/ lɒp /

verb (used without object), lopped, lop·ping.

to hang loosely or limply; droop.
to sway, move, or go in a drooping or heavy, awkward way.
to move in short, quick leaps: a rabbit lopping through the garden.

verb (used with object), lopped, lop·ping.

to let hang or droop: He lopped his arms at his sides in utter exhaustion.

adjective

hanging down limply or droopingly: lop ears.

Origin of lop

2
1570–80; v. use of obsolete lop spider or lop dangling part of a tree (see lop1); literally, to behave like a lop, i.e., to dangle, hang loosely. See lob1

Definition for lop (3 of 3)

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British Dictionary definitions for lop (1 of 3)

lop1
/ (lɒp) /

verb lops, lopping or lopped (tr usually foll by off)

to sever (parts) from a tree, body, etc, esp with swift strokes
to cut out or eliminate from as excessive

noun

a part or parts lopped off, as from a tree

Derived forms of lop

lopper, noun

Word Origin for lop

C15 loppe branches cut off; compare lob 1

British Dictionary definitions for lop (2 of 3)

lop2
/ (lɒp) /

verb lops, lopping or lopped

to hang or allow to hang loosely
(intr) to slouch about or move awkwardly
(intr) a less common word for lope

Word Origin for lop

C16: perhaps related to lop 1; compare lob 1

British Dictionary definitions for lop (3 of 3)

lop3
/ (lɒp) /

noun

Northern English dialect a flea

Word Origin for lop

probably from Old Norse hloppa (unattested) flea, from hlaupa to leap
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