hoop

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noun

often attributive
1
: a circular strip used especially for holding together the staves of containers or as a plaything
2
a
: 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
hooplike
ˈhüp-ˌlīk How to pronounce hoop (audio)
 also  ˈhu̇p
adjective

hoop

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verb

hooped; hooping; hoops

transitive verb

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

Examples of hoop in a Sentence

Noun made Christmas garlands from hoops of red and green construction paper
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Listen to this article A first annual Movement and Arts Festival is ready to take Connecticut by storm with belly dancing and hula hoop performances, mediums and intuitives, vendors, live music and positivity. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 16 July 2024 Set up several hula hoop challenges along each one. Catherine Holecko, Parents, 16 July 2024
Verb
His answer calls back to an earlier conversation over diner omelets about hooping on asphalt versus on hardwood. Giri Nathan, Vulture, 22 Mar. 2024 There were hugs aplenty, hooping and hollering in the moment. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hoop 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoop. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hoop

noun
ˈhu̇p,
ˈhüp
1
: a circular band used for holding together the strips that make up the sides of a barrel
also : a similar band used as a toy
2
a
: a circular figure or object : ring
b
: the rim of a basketball goal
broadly : the entire goal
3
: basketball
usually used in plural
4
: a circle or series of circles of flexible material used to expand a woman's skirt
hoop verb

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