hopping John

noun, often capitalized H
\ ˌhä-pən-ˈjän How to pronounce hopping John (audio) , -piŋ- \
variants: or hoppin' John \ ˌhä-​pən-​ How to pronounce hoppin' John (audio) \

Definition of hopping John

: a dish made essentially of cowpeas, rice, and salt pork or bacon

First Known Use of hopping John

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Hopping John.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopping%20John. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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