- to cut off (branches, twigs, etc.) from a tree or other plant.
- to cut off (a limb, part, or the like) from a person, animal, etc.
- to cut off the branches, twigs, etc., of (a tree or other plant).
- to eliminate as unnecessary or excessive: We had to lop off whole pages of the report before presenting it to the committee.
- Archaic. to cut off the head, limbs, etc., of (a person).
- to cut off branches, twigs, etc., as of a tree.
- to remove parts by or as by cutting.
- parts or a part lopped off.
- (of trees) the smaller branches and twigs not useful as timber.
Origin of lop1
- 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.
- to let hang or droop: He lopped his arms at his sides in utter exhaustion.
- hanging down limply or droopingly: lop ears.
Origin of lop2
Examples from the Web for lop
He was dubbed Jack the Lop Ear and has become somewhat of a local celebrity.Cats Rule on Japan’s Tashirojima Island
September 5, 2013
Lop off the endnotes and bibliography, and The Measure of Manhattan is barely 300 pages.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr.
February 21, 2013
Meanwhile, mortgage modifications and foreclosures continue to lop off mortgage debt.Fed Data: Are We Richer Than We Thought?
December 6, 2012
Let him spread as farre as he list without his maister-bough or lop equally.A New Orchard And Garden
He's got a bent-in nose, an' a lop ear, an' a jaw like a hippo.Shorty McCabe
To lop away the half of a pine is only to see how beautiful the other half is.The Voice of the Machines
Gerald Stanley Lee
When they had been chosen, David had to shinny up them to lop off their branches.David and the Phoenix
Don't move about or turn your head or lop around or move your hands or feet.The Art of Stage Dancing
- to sever (parts) from a tree, body, etc, esp with swift strokes
- to cut out or eliminate from as excessive
- a part or parts lopped off, as from a tree
- to hang or allow to hang loosely
- (intr) to slouch about or move awkwardly
- (intr) a less common word for lope
- Northern English dialect a flea
Word Origin and History for lop
"cut off," 1510s, from Middle English loppe (n.) "small branches and twigs trimmed from trees" (early 15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Lopped (mid-15c.); lopping. Place name Loppedthorn is attested from 1287.