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

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 An officer can be seen in the video speaking to a few men gathered on Liberty Street behind a school bus with a basketball hoop attached to the top. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "4 arrested at Jefferson Square Park Monday after confrontation with Louisville police," 13 Oct. 2020 Ideal for styling indoors by the fireplace or in the backyard next to a firepit, this hoop-shaped log rack is functional and nice to look at. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "Amazon Has a Special Section to Help You Turn Any Room Into a Cozy Cabin," 1 Oct. 2020 At each end is a portable hoop, the type usually spotted in driveways. John Branch, New York Times, "At Cal, Every Sport but Football Feels Like Second String," 23 Sep. 2020 The new center also includes offices, conference rooms, a cafe, custodial lab, a seating lounge, a multipurpose room, an activity room with a basketball hoop, a motor room, a sensory room and an outdoor area. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Niles Township District 219 debuts new Bridges Center to provide post-school training for graduates with special needs," 22 Sep. 2020 That was when Lillard, smothered by a defender, rose up and shot from 33 feet — preposterously far from the hoop. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "What I Learned Inside the N.B.A. Bubble," 30 Sep. 2020 With rugged drives to the hoop and a deft touch on jumpers, Murray, along with strong finishes from Jerami Grant, helped the Nuggets stake an 87-84 lead heading into the fourth. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "LeBron James, Lakers spoil Nuggets’ winning streak with overtime win," 12 Feb. 2020 Starr says the rules — such as not being able to park in the driveway for longer than a day or attach a basketball hoop — are excessive. Miguel Otárola, Star Tribune, "Fines, fees and fear: Minneapolis neighbors speak out against 'harassing' homeowners association," 14 Sep. 2020 But the most intriguing feature for Kobe fans is the backyard, which still features the original basketball hoop that the legendary athlete practiced on growing up. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Kobe Bryant's Childhood Home Is For Sale for $900K — Including His Basketball Hoop!," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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30 Oct 2020

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“Hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoop. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for hoop


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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