noun, often attributive
\ ˈhüp also ˈhu̇p How to pronounce hoop (audio) \

Definition of hoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a circular strip used especially for holding together the staves of containers or as a plaything
2a : a circular figure or object : ring
b : the rim of a basketball goal broadly : the entire goal
3 : a circle or series of circles of flexible material used to expand a woman's skirt
4 : basketball usually used in plural


hooped; hooping; hoops

Definition of hoop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop

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hooplike \ ˈhüp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hooplike (audio) also  ˈhu̇p \ adjective


hooper noun

Synonyms for hoop

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hoop in a Sentence

Noun made Christmas garlands from hoops of red and green construction paper
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two sons, both in grade school, do worksheets and shoot baskets on a hoop that hooks over a door in the basement. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Mass then brunch online. My Sunday amid coronavirus," 22 Mar. 2020 At one point, the gorilla held out his arms like a basketball hoop as the kids, including a pilot, camel-rider and cowboy, threw inflatable footballs toward him. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Phoenix-area Jews don costumes to celebrate Purim, the Jewish holiday 'that's most fun'," 10 Mar. 2020 After going through everything on the court, the two centers worked together on a side hoop with assistant coach Dan Geriot. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Tristan Thompson embracing new reserve role: ‘I feel bad’ for second-unit guys who have to play against him," 6 Mar. 2020 With a minimum $1000 purchase of a basketball hoop, swing set or trampoline anytime during March, customers will receive a 100 percent refund on their purchase if the Reds win the World Series. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Recreations Outlet offers 100 percent refund with Cincinnati Reds' 2020 World Series win," 5 Mar. 2020 Send an email by tossing a virtual ball through a virtual hoop. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "The Office of Tomorrow," 4 Mar. 2020 And as a 6-foot guard trying to dunk on a 10-foot hoop, failure was common early. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "From no offers to Kansas: How Keller Central guard Latrell Jossell went overlooked for so long," 18 Feb. 2020 One man, Kupollee, had a small hoop in each ear, which meant he had been initiated in an ile-orisa—house of the god—into the religion of the Yoruba. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/02/clotilda-americas-last-slave-ship-stole-them-from-home-it-couldnt-steal-their-identities-feature.html," 16 Jan. 2020 The leader of K-pop group GOT7 recently visited Charm Studio, in Seoul, South Korea, to not only change out the stud in his nose for a silver hoop but also a new piercing under his right eye. Devon Abelman, Allure, "JB of GOT7 Just Got a Piercing Under His Eye," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb City guys are the grit, can handle the basketball and can hoop. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "‘Two Westchester kids’: Eric Paschall, Donovan Mitchell face each other in NBA," 11 Nov. 2019 The season has arrived, and Thompson and the Cavs are simply ready to hoop. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "John Beilein and Cavs ready to see how team looks in 2019-20 season’s first game," 22 Oct. 2019 So this hopeless hoops romantic, in response, felt compelled to attend a Spurs game as early as possible. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Chasing Tim Duncan," 27 Nov. 2019 Forty-five years later, the Portland Trail Blazers’ coach is poised to join an elite fraternity of this hoops hotbed. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Terry Stotts to be inducted to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame," 5 Dec. 2019 Josey Klingenberg also earned a pair of first-team all-county hoops nods. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Women’s Basketball: Klingenberg sisters back on court together as teammates at McDaniel," 24 Nov. 2019 While graduation is a formality for some, 26 students from Monterey High’s continuation program hooped, hollered and cried after turning their tassels during the school’s 36th annual commencement on campus Friday afternoon. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Grateful class of 2019 graduates from Monterey High School," 11 June 2019 Last week: 3 Results: Lost at Oregon State 72-57 Next up: at USC (Thursday) Comment: What’s left for the Ducks after getting swept in the Civil War hoops series? Jon Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 power rankings: As regular season winds down, UW still the clear favorite," 19 Feb. 2019 Garrett said during a recent interview at Brett Ballard’s Washburn University hoops camp at Lee Arena in Topeka. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "KU sophomore Garrett changes shooting form: 'I feel comfortable now'," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of hoop


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoop


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

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The first known use of hoop was in the 12th century

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26 Mar 2020

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“Hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoop. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce hoop (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hoop

: 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


\ ˈhu̇p How to pronounce hoop (audio) , ˈhüp \

Kids Definition of hoop

1 : a circular figure or object an embroidery hoop
2 : a circular band used for holding together the strips that make up the sides of a barrel or tub
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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