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


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 How to pronounce hooplike (audio) also  ˈhu̇p \ adjective


hooper noun

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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 This 14-acre farm property has 2 acres of outdoor fields, two hoop houses for seed starting, and a nine-bay glass greenhouse with automated tables and fertilizer, fan, temperature, and window systems, allowing year-round food and flower growing. TheWeek, "6 homes perfect for growing your own food," 17 May 2020 Two other Viking basketball players were offered Wednesday but not in hoops. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Princeton shooting guard Bowen Hardman commits to Ohio State," 14 May 2020 Historically, people in Alabama don’t begin paying attention to basketball until after the bowl season, but all that’s about to change, and not just because hoops might start back before the next football season. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama on verge of college hoops golden age," 14 Apr. 2020 At least some basketball hoops and playgrounds were open at Jefferson County Public Schools locations as of Thursday. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "A basketball town without hoops? Louisville removes rims at parks to slow coronavirus," 26 Mar. 2020 Studies show that without disinfection, the virus persists on some surfaces for days, meaning the neighborhood jungle gym or basketball hoop is a potential source of infection. Chris Henry, USA TODAY, "Should kids go on playdates? Are playgrounds safe? Here's what pediatricians are saying.," 23 Mar. 2020 Shooting hoops alongside him was one of the legends of the game, Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, an athlete who's comfortable working on either side of the aisle. Don Riddell, CNN, "Democratic candidate Andrew Yang hopes the 'power of sport can unite us'," 6 Dec. 2019 Betiku, who enjoyed playing pickup basketball, thought hoops was his route. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "He paints, plays guitar — and sacks quarterbacks: Meet Illinois defensive end Oluwole Betiku Jr.," 17 Sep. 2019 And the hoop is very lightweight so the dress seems to float around you. Danielle Steel, Harper's BAZAAR, "Danielle Steele: A Fashion Love Story," 2 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoop. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce hoop (audio) 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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