from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut off (a part), especially from a tree or shrub: lopped off the dead branches.
- transitive v. To cut off a part or parts from; trim: lopped the vines back; lopped her curls shorter.
- transitive v. To eliminate or excise as superfluous: lopped him from the payroll.
- transitive v. To hang or let hang loosely; droop.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flea.
- v. To cut off as the top or extreme part of anything, especially to prune a small limb off a shrub or tree, or sometimes to behead someone.
- n. (usually offensive) A disabled person, a cripple.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A flea.
- transitive v. To cut off as the top or extreme part of anything; to shorten by cutting off the extremities; to cut off, or remove, as superfluous parts.
- transitive v. To cut partly off and bend down.
- n. That which is lopped from anything, as branches from a tree.
- intransitive v. To hang downward; to be pendent; to lean to one side.
- transitive v. To let hang down.
- adj. Hanging down; ; -- used also in compound adjectives
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hang down loosely; droop: said especially of the pendulous ears of some animals, as dogs and rabbits.
- To bend indolently sidewise or downward; loll; lounge.
- To let droop; allow to hang down: as, a horse lops his ears.
- n. A hanging down; a drooping, as of the ears of rabbits.
- To cut off, as the top or extreme part of anything; shorten or reduce by cutting off the extremities; cut off, as superfluous parts; trim by cutting: as, to lop a tree or its branches.
- To cut partly off and bend down: as, to lop the saplings of a hedge.
- n. That which is cut from trees; fagot-wood.
- n. Every part; the whole.
- n. A flea.
- n. A spider.
- n. An obsolete preterit of leap.
- To break in short, ‘loppy’ waves.
- n. A short, ‘loppy’ sea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut off from a whole
- v. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
Perhaps from Middle English loppe, small branches and twigs.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English loppe ("flea, spider"), from Old English loppe ("spider, silk-worm, flea"), from Proto-Germanic *luppōn (“flea, sandflea", originally, "jumper”), from Proto-Germanic *luppjanan (“to jump, dart”). Cognate with Danish loppe ("flea"), Swedish loppa ("flea"), Middle High German lüpfen, lupfen ("to release and raise aloft, move quickly"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English loppe. (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from lopsided. (Wiktionary)