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
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
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 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 But inflation has again risen to 175 percent, lopping off chunks of people’s wages and savings. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe police violently disperse protest of nose-diving economy," 17 Aug. 2019 Eventually, that gives way to a protracted melodrama that adds higher stakes to the movie, which lopes along at a leisurely pace for too long. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Art of Racing the Rain' goes to the dog," 9 Aug. 2019 One after the other, the black slash of my pen like a sword lopped them off. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019 Minnesota math scores dropped last spring for a fifth consecutive year as schools across the state lopped several teaching days off their calendars due to severe cold and snow. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Math scores keep falling in Minnesota schools, even as graduation rates climb," 29 Aug. 2019 The revision to the Unified Development Ordinance would reduce the minimum square footage requirement for new homes, letting developers lop off the equivalent of a small apartment in some cases, or 600 square feet, on a two-story single-family home. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers aims to downsize new homes to meet changing demand," 11 Aug. 2019 The government lopped off Ladakh, a mountainous and predominantly Buddhist area of Jammu and Kashmir, into a separate territory. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Modi’s radical move on Kashmir takes India into uncharted territory," 9 Aug. 2019 Later that month, while her mom was out, Joana sat in the bathroom and lopped off several inches of her hair using a dubious method she’d seen on YouTube tutorials. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen. She’s trying to stay that way.," 17 July 2019 Of course, Dizang goes behind his back to start dealing, and when he’s found out, Nam orders Tin to lop off a few of Dizang’s fingers. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The White Storm 2: Drug Lords' ('Sou duk 2: Tindeih deuikyut'): Film Review," 16 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If the plant has gotten too thin, too tall, or even lop-sided, go ahead and shape it up, at that time. oregonlive, "Can you grow a Japanese maple from a cutting? Ask an expert," 21 Sep. 2019 Later that month, while her mom was out, Joana sat in the bathroom and lopped off several inches of her hair using a dubious method she’d seen on YouTube tutorials. Abby Ohlheiser, Twin Cities, "Joana Ceddia got famous on YouTube for being a normal teen, and she’s trying to stay that way," 18 July 2019 Joevia and Tax went to the lead and loped along down the backstretch. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Sir Winston holds off favored Tacitus to win Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019 Even Longer After years of boyish crops dominating the runways—and subsequently tempting women everywhere to lop it all off—the pendulum has swung, strikingly, the other direction. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019 Then, gaining confidence with every step, the two jumped and loped across the barren landscape for 2 hrs. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Were Supposed to Nap After Landing on the Moon, But They Couldn't Wait to Walk," 18 July 2019 On the screen, Aldrin was loping in a circle on the surface of the moon in front of the LM. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "East Eighty-eighth Street and East End Avenue," 25 May 2018 With his knife, Carl would lop off hazel branches and make walking sticks for us. Mark Hutchinson, Harper's magazine, "In the Cards," 16 Sep. 2019 Minnesota math scores dropped last spring for a fifth consecutive year as schools across the state lopped several teaching days off their calendars due to severe cold and snow. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Math scores keep falling in Minnesota schools, even as graduation rates climb," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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