1

hop

play
verb \ ˈhäp \

Definition of hop

hopped; hopping
intransitive verb
1 :to move by a quick springy leap or in a series of leaps; also :to move as if by hopping
  • hop in the car
2 :to make a quick trip especially by air
3 :to set about doing something usually used in the phrase hop to it
transitive verb
1 :to jump over
  • hop a fence
2 :to ride on
  • hopped a flight
; also :to ride surreptitiously and without authorization
  • hop a freight train

Origin and Etymology of hop

Middle English hoppen, from Old English hoppian


2

hop

noun

Definition of hop

1 a :a short brisk leap especially on one leg
b :bounce, rebound
  • shortstop scooped it up on the first hop
2 :dance 3
3 a :a flight in an aircraft
b :a short trip

First Known Use of hop

1508

Other Dance Terms


3

hop

noun

Definition of hop

1 hops plural :the ripe dried pistillate catkins of a perennial north-temperate zone twining vine (Humulus lupulus) of the hemp family used especially to impart a bitter flavor to malt liquors
2 :the vine from which hops are obtained having 3- to 5-lobed leaves and inconspicuous flowers of which the pistillate ones are in glandular cone-shaped catkins

Illustration of hop

Origin and Etymology of hop

Middle English hoppe, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German hopfo hop

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


4

hop

verb

Definition of hop

hopped; hopping
transitive verb
:to flavor with hops

First Known Use of hop

1572

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms



HOP Defined for Kids

1

hop

play
verb \ ˈhäp \

Definition of hop for Students

hopped; hopping
1 :to move by short quick jumps
2 :to jump on one foot
3 :to jump over
  • We hopped the puddle.
4 :to get on, in, or aboard by or as if by hopping
  • Quick, hop the bus.
5 :to make a quick trip especially by air
  • Let's hop down to Atlanta.

2

hop

noun

Definition of hop for Students

1 :a short quick jump especially on one leg
2 :a short trip especially by air

3

hop

noun

Definition of hop for Students

1 :a twining vine whose greenish flowers look like small cones
2 hops plural :the dried flowers of the hop plant used chiefly in making beer and ale

Medical Dictionary

hop

play
noun \ ˈhäp \

medical Definition of hop

1 :a twining vine (Humulus lupulus) of the mulberry family with 3-lobed or 5-lobed leaves and inconspicuous flowers of which the pistillate ones are in glandular cone-shaped catkins
2 hops plural :the ripe dried pistillate catkins of a hop used especially to impart a bitter flavor to malt liquors and also in medicine as a tonic

HOP

abbreviation

medical Definition of HOP

high oxygen pressure


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!