noun, often attributive
\ ˈhüp How to pronounce hoop (audio) also ˈhu̇p How to pronounce hoop (audio) \

Definition of hoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a circular strip used especially for holding together the staves of containers or as a plaything
2a : a circular figure or object : ring
b : the rim of a basketball goal broadly : the entire goal
3 : a circle or series of circles of flexible material used to expand a woman's skirt
4 : basketball usually used in plural


hooped; hooping; hoops

Definition of hoop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop

Other Words from hoop


hooplike \ ˈhüp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hoop (audio) also  ˈhu̇p \ adjective


hooper noun

Synonyms for hoop

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hoop in a Sentence

Noun made Christmas garlands from hoops of red and green construction paper
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Omer Yurtseven was tearing it up on the boards and around the hoop while Bam Adebayo was recovering. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Later, Salazar slays a lion — played by an actor who roars while aggressively waving a hula hoop lined with streamers — which elicits a similar crowd reaction. Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2021 Just was out of control on so many possessions, looked even overmatched sometimes around the hoop. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Aug. 2021 In one, the Post reported, a woman was seen using a hula hoop without clothing. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Apr. 2021 There’s a basketball hoop and a ring toss—both of which are small in size—that can be set up at either end of a pool. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 26 May 2022 The three-story light-blue structure has a big, neatly mowed lawn, a basketball hoop in the driveway and a pool in the backyard. Shawn Boburg, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 From cross-court skip passes, to behind-the-back dimes, Williams can thread the needle from the post, but against the Longhorns, the All-Big Ten third-teamer concentrated on exploiting mismatches and putting the ball in the hoop. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 At the beginning of the second half, Saint Mary's was up 45-29 when the ball got wedged in the hoop. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Children start hoop dancing at very young ages, such as those who were under 5 and participated in the grand entry of the competition. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 Garrett has been known to still hoop from time to time, and last June a highlight reel of one of his summer pickup games went viral with Garrett showing off his dunking abilities. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 18 Feb. 2022 In the traditional game, celebrities from film, television and music – as well as NBA legends and WNBA players – hoop it up. cleveland, 17 Feb. 2022 All-girls leagues weren’t popular yet, but Quinn relished any chance to hoop. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Melvin Booker, in his day, had been the Big Eight player of the year at Missouri and was good enough to hoop professionally in the NBA and overseas. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2021 Wayne Tinkle's children can hoop Tinkle's daughter Joslyn went to three Sweet 16s while playing basketball at Stanford and is currently playing professionally in Australia. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Mar. 2021 Find inspiration in the monthly patterns that appear in Country Living and download our free templates—or hoop it up with your own starter kit. Document your family history. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 11 June 2020 Being here means that another college hoops season is about to go full swing. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, 31 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hoop


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoop


Middle English, from Old English hōp; akin to Middle Dutch hoep ring, hoop

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“Hoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoop. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for hoop


\ ˈhu̇p How to pronounce hoop (audio) , ˈhüp \

Kids Definition of hoop

1 : a circular figure or object an embroidery hoop
2 : a circular band used for holding together the strips that make up the sides of a barrel or tub
3 : a circle or series of circles of flexible material (as wire) used for holding a woman's skirt out from the body

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