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

Definition of hopper

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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


biographical name (1)
Hop·​per | \ ˈhä-pər How to pronounce Hopper (audio) \

Definition of Hopper (Entry 2 of 4)

Edward 1882–1967 American artist


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Definition of Hopper (Entry 3 of 4)

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


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Definition of Hopper (Entry 4 of 4)

(William) DeWolf 1858–1935 American actor

Examples of hopper in a Sentence

Noun The company has several new product ideas in the hopper.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shop hoppers have been designating it a girlfriend getaway to the benefit of nearby B&Bs, hotels and restaurants as well. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Find Joanna Gaines-worthy items during the Vintage Shop Hop in Wisconsin and Illinois," 31 Jan. 2020 The racial breakdown laid bare divisions among board directors, who have sparred for months over how BART should deal with gate-hoppers. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Nearly half of BART fare citations go to black riders, but police say system prevents profiling," 19 Dec. 2019 Tatis, the rookie shortstop who has led off two consecutive games with a home run, ended the first inning by diving to his left to snag a ground ball Ian Desmond hit 104.1 mph and throwing a two-hopper to Hosmer at first. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres pile on Rockies," 8 Aug. 2019 The sugar is scooped up by a front-loader into a hopper, and from there it is moved through metal ducts into the plant for processing. Washington Post, "Baltimore sugar plant works to recover after bad harvests," 25 Jan. 2020 On Wednesday, the railroad announced a partnership with A&R Logistics to open a new facility at the Atlanta Waterfront Terminal that will transfer 10 rail hopper cars at a time to truck trailers. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "With nearly two dozen”shortline” railroads across the country, Denver’s OmniTRAX has quickly become a major player," 29 Sep. 2019 Drake: The hip-hopper has received three video of the year noms. Paul Grein, Billboard, "17 Artists Who Have Yet to Receive the VMAs' Video Vanguard Award (But Probably Will Someday)," 23 Aug. 2019 Also in the lineup over the five days of shows at the Petrillo Music Shell, veteran hip-hoppers De La Soul made $55,000, according to their deal. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "How much did this year’s musical acts take home for performing at Taste of Chicago? Here’s an inside look.," 19 Aug. 2019 Doolittle got Alvarez to roll over on a slider and hit a one-hopper to Zimmerman at first. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Simulated World Series Game 6: Here's how Nationals will stay alive, force Game 7 vs. Astros," 29 Oct. 2019

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hopper

: someone or something that hops
: a container that is used for pouring material (such as grain or coal) into a machine or opening
: a box that bills are put into before they are considered by a legislature


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

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