hop·​per | \ ˈhä-pər How to pronounce hopper (audio) \

Definition of hopper

1a : one that hops
b : a leaping insect specifically : an immature hopping form of an insect (such as a grasshopper or locust)
2 [from the shaking motion of hoppers used to feed grain into a mill]
a : a usually funnel-shaped receptacle for delivering material (such as grain or coal) also : any of various other receptacles for the temporary storage of material
b : a freight car with a floor sloping to one or more hinged doors for discharging bulk materials

called also hopper car

c : a box in which a bill to be considered by a legislative body is dropped
d : a tank holding liquid and having a device for releasing its contents through a pipe
e : a mix of things to be considered or done

Examples of hopper in a Sentence

The company has several new product ideas in the hopper.
Recent Examples on the Web Being called a job hopper and having a stigma attached to it will be over with. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Even the most aggressive proposals in the congressional hopper to allow Medicare negotiations could be gamed by drug companies. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Ramos, known for his pop, arm and overall athleticism, made a mighty throw from deep left field, a perfect one-hopper to the plate, almost gunning down Eugenio Suarez, who scored on a sacrifice fly. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2021 Unlike regular hoppers, made with runny batter, string hoppers are made from a much thicker dough that's squeezed through a string hopper maker, like a pasta press, to create thin strands of noodles, which are steamed. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 The Angels threatened again in the eighth when Velazquez reached on a one-out infield single, but Shohei Ohtani hit a 103-mph one-hopper right at Urías, and the second baseman started an inning-ending double play. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Two days of standard admission without the park hopper option cost just over $894 for three adults and one child during the same window as the Galactic Starcruiser's sample prices. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2022 Another company, Intuitive Machines, plans two trips to the Moon in 2022, carrying 10 payloads that include a lunar hopper and an ice mining experiment. Chris Impey, The Conversation, 28 Jan. 2022 Baltimore officials are still in the midst of deciding how to spend the $641 million allocated to the city by the American Rescue plan, however several large allocations were made as the oversight bill languished in the mayor’s hopper. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hopper

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopper. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hopper


hop·​per | \ ˈhä-pər How to pronounce hopper (audio) \

Kids Definition of hopper

1 : someone or something that hops
2 : an insect that moves by leaping
3 : a container used for pouring material (as grain or coal) into a machine or a bin
4 : a railroad car for materials that are transported in large quantities

Hopper biographical name (1)

Hop·​per | \ ˈhä-pər How to pronounce Hopper (audio) \

Definition of Hopper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

Edward 1882–1967 American artist


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Definition of Hopper (Entry 2 of 3)

Grace 1906–1992 née Grace Brewster Murray American admiral, mathematician, and computer scientist


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Definition of Hopper (Entry 3 of 3)

(William) DeWolf 1858–1935 American actor

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