lop

noun
\ ˈläp How to pronounce lop (audio) \

Definition of lop

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: material cut away from a tree especially : parts discarded in lumbering

lop

verb (1)
lopped; lopping

Definition of lop (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to cut off branches or twigs from
(2) : to sever from a woody plant
b(1) archaic : to cut off the head or limbs of
(2) : to cut from a person
2a : to remove superfluous parts from
b : to eliminate as unnecessary or undesirable usually used with off

lop

verb (2)
lopped; lopping

Definition of lop (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to hang downward : droop

Examples of lop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oregon State is coming off a lop-sided loss at Arizona on Thursday in which its star player Tres Tinkle was ejected after a flagrant foul that came seemingly out of frustration. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU basketball not taking Oregon State lightly," 21 Feb. 2020 Lopez was batting only because Counsell needed more innings out of him in a lop-sided game to save the rest of the bullpen. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers' ragged start at home only gets worse with lop-sided loss to lowly Cincinnati," 16 Apr. 2018 Ohio State will peak, and see the team that handed the Buckeyes their most lop-sided loss of the season. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Ohio State basketball could face Gonzaga in second round: Buckeyes NCAA Tournament path," 9 Nov. 2017 Penny, a 2 1/2-year-old French lop, loved every minute of it and happily relaxed while receiving her makeover. sacbee, "SPCA pet of the week: Penny | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Jan. 2018 Chase is a male lop-eared rabbit in need of a home. Washington Post, "Prince William County adopt a pet," 30 Aug. 2017 Poundstone, who reveals her personal life as a working single mother of three children as well as the cats, a dog, a bearded dragon lizard, a lop-eared bunny and one ant, sold out her 2013 performance at the Guthrie Theater. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Comedian Paula Poundstone brings search for happiness to the Fitz," 10 June 2017 Alex is especially fond of Marshmallow, 2-year-old Holland lop-eared rabbit. Joe Habina, charlotteobserver, "Rescue Ranch augments mission with an all-inclusive playground for kids," 21 May 2017 Prices: Grilled beef with lop leaf ($6), spring rolls ($6), egg rolls ($6), salt and pepper tofu ($14), vermicelli ($11) and papaya salad ($10) totaled $53, before tax and tip. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Review: Popular Green Leaf restaurant comes to the North End," 27 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So let’s just lop off the head and everything else will figure itself out. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, "Novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge thinks the Song of Solomon is ‘the “WAP” of the Bible’," 24 Mar. 2021 Last week, Iowa legislators sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, legislation that would cut a third of the state’s early-voting period and lop off an hour of Election Day voting. New York Times, "Supreme Court Case Could Limit Options to Fight Republican Voting Restrictions," 3 Mar. 2021 The global government would lop off the heads of those who honored Jesus and refused to bow to state tyranny. Charles King, Time, "I, Too, Was Once a Soldier of the Apocalypse: Why White Evangelicals Must Choose Between Reform and American Extremism," 1 Mar. 2021 While some machetes are designed to swing through grass, or lop off limbs, a heavy-brush blade needs to be built for the long haul. Outdoor Life, "The Best Machete to Cut, Slash, and Bash through Anything," 19 Feb. 2021 However, law firm Baker & McKenzie released a report Monday that said the double-whammy of the COVID-19 pandemic and a no-deal Brexit would lop 6% off the U.K.'s GDP over the next decade—that's £134 billion ($174 billion) a year. David Meyer, Fortune, "What’s more destructive than COVID-19? The twin shocks of a pandemic and no-deal Brexit, Germany warns," 5 Oct. 2020 In order to meet the NCAA’s new maximum of 27 games, Arizona could simply lop off the four games scheduled to be played before Nov. 25 — home games with NAU, Northern Colorado, Loyola Marymount and Wyoming. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's return to basketball brings hard questions, starting with the Wildcats' schedule," 26 Sep. 2020 But if a place as wealthy as Stanford ($27 billion-with-a-B endowment as of 2019) can lop nearly a third of its teams, what does that say about places that don’t have the Cardinal’s pot o’ gold? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Mask defiance isn't bringing college football back on Saturdays," 9 July 2020 As with dialogue, analogue predominates outside the US, while Americans are more inclined to lop off the excess vowels. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The Media Monsters in the National Dialog," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So let’s just lop off the head and everything else will figure itself out. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, "Novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge thinks the Song of Solomon is ‘the “WAP” of the Bible’," 24 Mar. 2021 The global government would lop off the heads of those who honored Jesus and refused to bow to state tyranny. Charles King, Time, "I, Too, Was Once a Soldier of the Apocalypse: Why White Evangelicals Must Choose Between Reform and American Extremism," 1 Mar. 2021 Last week, Iowa legislators sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, legislation that would cut a third of the state’s early-voting period and lop off an hour of Election Day voting. New York Times, "Supreme Court Case Could Limit Options to Fight Republican Voting Restrictions," 3 Mar. 2021 While some machetes are designed to swing through grass, or lop off limbs, a heavy-brush blade needs to be built for the long haul. Outdoor Life, "The Best Machete to Cut, Slash, and Bash through Anything," 19 Feb. 2021 However, law firm Baker & McKenzie released a report Monday that said the double-whammy of the COVID-19 pandemic and a no-deal Brexit would lop 6% off the U.K.'s GDP over the next decade—that's £134 billion ($174 billion) a year. David Meyer, Fortune, "What’s more destructive than COVID-19? The twin shocks of a pandemic and no-deal Brexit, Germany warns," 5 Oct. 2020 In order to meet the NCAA’s new maximum of 27 games, Arizona could simply lop off the four games scheduled to be played before Nov. 25 — home games with NAU, Northern Colorado, Loyola Marymount and Wyoming. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's return to basketball brings hard questions, starting with the Wildcats' schedule," 26 Sep. 2020 But if a place as wealthy as Stanford ($27 billion-with-a-B endowment as of 2019) can lop nearly a third of its teams, what does that say about places that don’t have the Cardinal’s pot o’ gold? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Mask defiance isn't bringing college football back on Saturdays," 9 July 2020 As with dialogue, analogue predominates outside the US, while Americans are more inclined to lop off the excess vowels. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The Media Monsters in the National Dialog," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of lop

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb (2)

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lop

Noun

Middle English loppe

Verb (2)

perhaps imitative

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“Lop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lop. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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