noun, often attributive
\ˈhüp also ˈhu̇p \

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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Other Words from hoop


hooplike \ˈhüp-ˌlīk also ˈhu̇p \ adjective


hooper noun

Synonyms for hoop

Synonyms: Noun

band, circle, eye, loop, ring, round

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Examples of hoop in a Sentence


made Christmas garlands from hoops of red and green construction paper

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Children enjoyed an inflatable slide, basketball hoops and giant-sized Twister and other classic games. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Parade, craft fair and turtle races mark Fourth of July fun in Hinsdale," 5 July 2018 But since then, much has changed in the world of hoops footwear. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Puma Gives Basketball Another Shot," 21 June 2018 On the second story, a sitting area with oversize windows takes in a rectangular yard with a pool, spa and basketball hoop. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "‘Ridiculousness’ host Steelo Brim goes wild for newly built Cape Cod," 15 June 2018 To add a hint of glamour to the look, Ratajkowski went all in, adding a pair of small gleaming gold hoops to compliment the twinning knots. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Pairs an Itsy Bitsy Bikini with Perfect Summer Updo in Greece," 2 July 2018 But Slinky is getting a second wind, one that send riders through a series of hoops and then back through back-to-back-to-back humpback maneuvers. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney not toying around with Slinky Dog Dash," 28 June 2018 Fans of state hoops will be happy to know that Big East regular-season co-champion Marquette is on the list, though there is plenty of competition for her services. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "And the finalists are .... Milwaukee Academy of Science basketball star Shemera Williams reveals her top 10 colleges," 12 June 2018 The former San Francisco 49ers star will have to jump through another set of hoops while trying to get the White House involved in its case. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Colin Kaepernick's legal team expected to pursue Trump testimony in grievance case, report says," 7 June 2018 The past two Final Fours have been among the best in the history of women's hoops. Jerry Brewer, chicagotribune.com, "Cavs-Warriors matchup, the 'Fast and Furious' of the NBA, is a sequel we can't help but watch," 31 May 2018

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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 The image of the Mamba, relentless and obsessive, fed the perception that he would be lost without the competitive outlet that hoops provided. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Fantastic Voyage: Kobe Bryant Is Now an Entertainment Mogul with a Friendlier Mission," 12 July 2018 If the hooper cannot hoop through the full minute with the Hula-Hoop, try starting over again or try collecting data for only 30 seconds. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Swiveling Science: Applying Physics to Hula-Hooping," 11 July 2013 The locale was Staples Center, one of the grandest stages a basketball player can hoop on. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Your call: Which Xavier University loss in NCAA Tournament was the worst? Vot in our poll. \," 19 Mar. 2018 When combined with his deadpan delivery and wry sense of humor, each obstacle to overcome or hoop to jump through takes on a life of its own. Alexis Burling, SFChronicle.com, "‘I Will Be Complete,’ by Glen David Gold," 21 June 2018 At La Costa Glen, Joan still practices hooping with her original bamboo ring. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad's 'Hula Girl' gives her spin on toy's history," 9 June 2018 Young broke out during the PK80 Invitational in front of the tournaments’ namesake, Nike chairman Phil Knight, and has played on the Nike hoops circuit since AAU. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "Trae Young, Marvin Bargley and Basketball's Next Sneaker Stars," 21 Feb. 2018 Related Group activities there ranged from ballet lessons and study sessions to hula-hooping to Taylor Swift and playing Uno. NBC News, "On ninth day, what Oklahoma teacher walkout means for students," 12 Apr. 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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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, 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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