hoop

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

hoop

verb
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

Noun

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

Verb

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 Rudy Gobert and Ingles alternated free runs to the hoop to begin the second quarter on a 7-0 run. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Not sharp? Utah Jazz set franchise records for most points, biggest margin of victory in slicing up the Kings," 28 Apr. 2021 With the game tied at 81, Johnny Juzang was taking it hard to the hoop in the final seconds, when Zags forward Drew Timme, playing with four fouls, stepped into the paint, planted his feet and took a charge. Eddie Pells, ajc, "To the bank! Suggs hits the winner, Zags top UCLA 93-90," 4 Apr. 2021 With the game tied at 81, Johnny Juzang was taking it hard to the hoop in the final seconds, when Zags forward Drew Timme, playing with four fouls, stepped into the paint, planted his feet and took a charge. Eddie Pells, ajc, "To the bank! Suggs hits the winner, Zags top UCLA 93-90," 4 Apr. 2021 With the game tied at 81, Jules Bernard was taking it hard to the hoop in the final seconds, when Zags forward Drew Timme, playing with four fouls, stepped into the paint, planted his feet and took a charge. BostonGlobe.com, "Gonzaga edges UCLA, keeps perfect dream alive in all-time tournament classic," 4 Apr. 2021 With the game tied at 81, Jules Bernard was taking it hard to the hoop in the final seconds when Zags forward Drew Timme, playing with four fouls, stepped into the paint, planted his feet and took a charge. Eddie Pells, chicagotribune.com, "Jalen Suggs’ stunning overtime buzzer-beater sends undefeated Gonzaga to the NCAA Tournament final with a 93-90 win over UCLA," 4 Apr. 2021 With the game tied at 81, Johnny Juzang was taking it hard to the hoop in the final seconds, when Zags forward Drew Timme, playing with four fouls, stepped into the paint, planted his feet and took a charge. Eddie Pells, Chron, "What a game! Jalen Suggs hits winner; Gonzaga tops UCLA," 3 Apr. 2021 Herbert Jones drives quickly to the hoop and is fouled by Jaquez with 36.8 remaining. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA defeats Alabama in overtime thriller to reach NCAA tournament Elite Eight," 28 Mar. 2021 Figueroa misses a jumper and Tahj Eaddy drives to the hoop. oregonlive, "Rewinding Oregon Ducks’ 82-68 loss to USC Trojans in Sweet 16 of NCAA men’s basketball Tournament," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wayne Tinkle's children can hoop Tinkle's daughter Joslyn went to three Sweet 16s while playing basketball at Stanford and is currently playing professionally in Australia. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Oregon State's head coach Wayne Tinkle: Five things to know," 27 Mar. 2021 Find inspiration in the monthly patterns that appear in Country Living and download our free templates—or hoop it up with your own starter kit. Document your family history. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "26 Fun & Useful Things to Do When You're Bored," 11 June 2020 Being here means that another college hoops season is about to go full swing. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame basketball: When an arena is the office, here are the best work spaces," 31 Mar. 2020 Wisconsin hoops back on the map UWGB became the first Wisconsin team to advance past the first round since Marquette had beaten Evansville in 1982. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: UW-Green Bay stuns Cal and Jason Kidd in NCAA Tournament," 24 Apr. 2020 Those teams were coached by two towering personalities in Wisconsin hoops history: Bo Ryan and Al McGuire. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sconnie Madness: A shining moment for one team in state history," 5 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of hoop

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoop

Noun

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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4 May 2021

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“Hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoop. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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hoop

noun

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

hoop

noun
\ 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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