alley-oop

noun
al·​ley-oop | \ ˌa-lē-ˈyüp \

Definition of alley-oop

: a basketball play in which a leaping player catches a pass above the basket and immediately dunks the ball also : the usually looping pass thrown on such a play

First Known Use of alley-oop

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alley-oop

alteration of allez-oop, cry of a circus acrobat about to leap, probably from French allez, 2nd person plural imperative of aller to go + English -oop, perhaps alteration of up

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about alley-oop

Listen to Our Podcast about alley-oop

Statistics for alley-oop

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for alley-oop

The first known use of alley-oop was in 1965

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on alley-oop

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with alley-oop

Comments on alley-oop

What made you want to look up alley-oop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

means, resources, or money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!