- 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 lopping
Two small gangs of men were at work, one felling, the other lopping.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
There's no sense in lopping off a few branches even of deadwood.Jack O' Judgment
Were it only the lopping off of a hand or a foot, I should not delay.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
Near the edge of the coppice Tom Gaunt was lopping at some bushes.The Freelands
But the argument is simplified by lopping off the greater part of the premise.Creative Unity
- 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 lopping
"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.