- 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 lopped
Accordingly, Jason took the branch at its word, and lopped it off the tree.Tanglewood Tales
Well, Ivan began to fight with him, and lopped off nine of his heads.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
Accordingly, Jason took the branch at its word and lopped it off the tree.
His son followed his example and lopped around a little worse.Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends
Roy J. Snell
It's almost as if some part of us had been lopped off, isn't it?General Max Shorter
Kris Ottman Neville
- 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 lopped
"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.