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hoop

play
noun, often attributive \ˈhüp also ˈhu̇p\

Definition of hoop

  1. 1 :  a circular strip used especially for holding together the staves of containers or as a plaything

  2. 2a :  a circular figure or object :  ringb :  the rim of a basketball goal; broadly :  the entire goal

  3. 3 :  a circle or series of circles of flexible material used to expand a woman's skirt

  4. 4 :  basketball —usually used in plural

hooplike

play \ˈhüp-ˌlīk also ˈhu̇p\ adjective

Examples of hoop in a Sentence

  1. made Christmas garlands from hoops of red and green construction paper

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Origin and Etymology of hoop

Middle English, from Old English hōp; akin to Middle Dutch hoep ring, hoop


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hoop

verb

Definition of hoop

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop

hooper

noun

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First Known Use of hoop

15th century



HOOP Defined for English Language Learners

hoop

play
noun

Definition of hoop for English Language Learners

  • : a circular object : a large ring

  • : a large metal ring used for holding together the sides of a barrel

  • : a large ring used by performers or for play


HOOP Defined for Kids

hoop

play
noun \ˈhu̇p, ˈhüp\

Definition of hoop for Students

  1. 1 :  a circular figure or object an embroidery hoop

  2. 2 :  a circular band used for holding together the strips that make up the sides of a barrel or tub

  3. 3 :  a circle or series of circles of flexible material (as wire) used for holding a woman's skirt out from the body



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