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


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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


The company has several new product ideas in the hopper.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

San Diego cleanup hitter Eric Hosmer hit a sharp one-hopper to reliever Trevor Gott, who took an instinctive backhanded stab, but the ball yanked the glove off his hand. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Evan Longoria’s two-run double keys Giants’ victory over Padres," 11 June 2019 With the bases loaded and two outs, first baseman Eric Hosmer hit a sharp one-hopper up the middle that took the glove off of reliever Trevor Gott’s left hand. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Third base coach Ron Wotus play pivotal role in Giants’ comeback win over Padres," 11 June 2019 To put things in perspective, these declines in the two crops would total 1.4 million of the familiar grain hopper railroad cars for a 30 percent drop and 2.4 million for the 50 percent drop. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 The SpaceX hopper, a prototype of its next-generation Starship, has encountered a troublesome foe on Earth: the wind. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Starship Test Rocket Was Knocked Over by High Winds," 24 Jan. 2019 But one by one, suspects (verticillium wilt, bacteria, root rot, beetles, blight, leaf hoppers) were crossed off the list. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 The Roomba i7+ and the base station cost $949, with bags for the hopper priced at three for $14.99. James Vincent, The Verge, "iRobot’s latest Roomba remembers your home’s layout and empties itself," 6 Sep. 2018 New investments include four large cutter suction dredges, two large hopper dredges and approximately 50 barges built in shipyards all across the U.S. Vessels are under construction and more capital construction projects will be announced shortly. WSJ, "U.S. Dredgers Are Doing What They Should," 1 May 2018 When Gleyber Torres hit a three-hopper off the mound in the third with the Yankees trailing 3-0, shortstop Xander Bogaerts gloved the ball, continued onto the second-base side of the dirt and threw to first, when Hernandez signaled safe . Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Hernandez reversed on 3 of 4 replays in Yanks-Red Sox Game 3," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hopper


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

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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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