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lop

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[ lop ]
/ lɒp /
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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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First recorded in 1350–1400; late Middle English loppe “cut off twigs or branches”; further origin uncertain; perhaps akin to Old English loppe “spider”; see lop2, lobster

Other definitions 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

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First recorded in 1570–80; verb use of obsolete noun lop “spider” or lop “drooping part of a tree,” that is, “to behave like a lop, to dangle, hang loosely”; see lop1, lob1

Other definitions 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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