hoop

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

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 also  ˈhu̇p \ adjective

Verb

hooper noun

Synonyms for hoop

Synonyms: Noun

band, circle, eye, loop, ring, round

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Examples of hoop in a Sentence

Noun

made Christmas garlands from hoops of red and green construction paper

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Ball’s discipline, called aerial circus and popularized by Cirque du Soleil, entails doing tricks on fabric, rope, trapeze, hoop, or other apparatuses suspended in the air. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 Rudy Gobert scored 15 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and had a career-high eight assists as the Bulls collapsed on the big Frenchman and didn’t allow him rolls to the hoop. Matthew Coles, The Seattle Times, "Mitchell’s 34 points push Jazz past Bulls, 110-102," 12 Jan. 2019 Kavanaugh went on to play two years on the JV, plus intramural basketball, football and softball and pickup hoops at the campus gym with other students and locals from surrounding New Haven, Connecticut. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "At Yale, Kavanaugh stayed out of debates at a time of many," 28 Aug. 2018 The man who called the police is a gym regular who often plays hoops, a Twitter user who shared a photo of the players being confronted by police outside the basketball court area told FOX5 DC. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Hard foul during pickup basketball game prompts player to call 911," 19 July 2018 Scott’s mother, Anna Lee Scott, played some hoops and was a reserve player for a season at Beaver College, as Arcadia used to be called. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "Arcadia basketball coach Justin Scott went on vacation, picked up a second job," 10 July 2018 Ionescu compared the differences between structured 5-on-5 collegiate basketball and 3-on-3 as akin to going from an official game to playing pickup hoops. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks team preparing to represent U.S. in 3-on-3 World Cup," 31 May 2018 In other words, Duke, Kentucky -- heck, even Rutgers -- weren't coming knocking on Barkley's door to play hoops. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Who is Saquon Barkley? His high school basketball career will give you an idea," 16 Apr. 2018 The 215-pound senior’s passion for playing hoops that developed in the family driveway has continued in the gym at Calvin Christian School. Terry Monahan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Calvin Christian senior battling migraines," 8 Jan. 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

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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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 , 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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