hoop

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhüp 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 hooplike (audio) 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Justin posted an early birthday message for the hoop earing-wearing boybander on Twitter. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Hold Up: Is Justin Bieber Collabing with BTS??," 3 Sep. 2019 The 22-year-old seems to have made good on his intention, demonstrating an improvement in playing through contact and creating space around the hoop. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics could play leading roles in Team USA’s defense of World Cup title," 29 Aug. 2019 The Brooklyn Nets card, on the other hand, shows a subway car rather than the more predictable basketball hoop. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs deal season schedule via lotería cards," 28 Aug. 2019 From the gold chain-link necklace to the wooden hoops, each feels unique—offering a break from your standard jewelry without breaking the bank. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reformation and SOKO Collaborate on Sustainable Jewelry Capsule," 6 Aug. 2019 The hoops that customers and providers often must jump through to get claims paid impose costly complexity on the system, not simplicity. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Health insurance companies are useless. Get rid of them," 5 Aug. 2019 Debates over his style of play on offense have raged in recent months, with critics hoping to see quicker decisions and more aggressive drives to the hoop rather than ball-pounding and contested long twos. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "The NBA’s big stars passed on USA Basketball. Here’s what the roster could look like.," 5 Aug. 2019 Back in 1984, Rentmeester took a photo of Jordan gliding in the air towards the hoop. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How Michael Jordan Could Become Connected to Zion Williamson's Lawsuit," 2 Aug. 2019 Despite the small stature, White’s knack for putting the ball in the hoop jumped out. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'His family is what motivates him’: New Bull Coby White plays basketball for others, including his late father," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While graduation is a formality for some, 26 students from Monterey High’s continuation program hooped, hollered and cried after turning their tassels during the school’s 36th annual commencement on campus Friday afternoon. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Grateful class of 2019 graduates from Monterey High School," 11 June 2019 Last week: 3 Results: Lost at Oregon State 72-57 Next up: at USC (Thursday) Comment: What’s left for the Ducks after getting swept in the Civil War hoops series? Jon Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 power rankings: As regular season winds down, UW still the clear favorite," 19 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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