hop·​ping | \ ˈhä-piŋ How to pronounce hopping (audio) \

Definition of hopping

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: extremely, violently used in the phrase hopping mad



Definition of hopping (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : intensely active : busy they kept us hopping
2 : extremely angry



Definition of hopping (Entry 3 of 3)

: a going from one place to another of the same kind usually used in combination gallery-hoppingbar-hopping

Examples of hopping in a Sentence

Adjective The boss kept me hopping all day. when he saw what I'd done to his car, the other driver was hopping
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The town is home to nearly 10,000 year-round residents and millions of tourists, with a hopping, walkable apres scene and hotels and condos that neighbor cultural amenities, like the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 14 Mar. 2022 But the hoppingest place to be is the locals-favorite The Mangy Moose, a cavernous, packed, two-level, two-bar building hung with license plates and a huge, well, ragged taxidermied moose. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Mar. 2018 The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport will be a hopping place this coming weekend and next for Christmas and New Year's Day. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, 20 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amid record levels of job-hopping and quitting, employers have introduced flexible hours and other supportive benefits. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2022 The blockchain-forensics firm Chainalysis recently published a report that detailed the growing use of chain hopping, particularly by North Korean criminal groups. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2022 The resort's Clefs d'Or Concierge is also ready to assist in creating a more curated itinerary, if a morning of designer boutique hopping followed by a sailing lesson or scuba jaunt is more your speed. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 3 Dec. 2021 In one recent week, a New Yorker got a free Covid-19 test in a jiffy, with results the next day, while a Coloradan had to shell out $50 for a test two cities from her hometown after a frantic round of pharmacy-hopping. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021 Speaking of job hopping, founder and CEO Charlton is set to retire at year’s end. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 11 Oct. 2021 Dodger Stadium was shaking with the vibrations from thousands of stomping feet and the roars of 50,000 fans, and Chris Taylor was at the center of it all, a small but animated speck in a sea of hopping, jumping, screaming humanity. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 All of the decade-hopping meant that Sevigny wasn’t always playing Nora, who was loosely inspired by Lyonne’s own late, estranged mother, Ivette Buchinger. Shannon Carlin, Time, 20 Apr. 2022 But that day, the males were spy-hopping, or poking their heads just far enough out of the water to reveal their steely eyes. Liz Vaccariello, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hopping


1675, in the meaning defined above


1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hopping


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“Hopping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopping. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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