Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move with light bounding skips or leaps.
  • intransitive v. Informal To move quickly or busily: The shipping department is hopping this week.
  • intransitive v. To jump on one foot.
  • intransitive v. To make a quick trip, especially in an airplane.
  • intransitive v. To travel or move often from place to place. Often used in combination: party-hop.
  • transitive v. To move over by hopping: hop a ditch two feet wide.
  • transitive v. Informal To jump aboard: hop a freight train.
  • n. A light springy jump or leap, especially on one foot.
  • n. A rebound: The ball took a bad hop.
  • n. Informal A dance or dance party.
  • n. A short distance.
  • n. A short trip, especially by air.
  • n. A free ride; a lift.
  • idiom hop, skip, and (a) jump A short distance.
  • idiom hop to it To begin an activity or a task quickly and energetically.
  • n. A twining vine (Humulus lupulus) having lobed leaves and green female flowers arranged in conelike spikes.
  • n. The dried ripe flowers of this plant, containing a bitter aromatic oil. They are used in the brewing industry to prevent bacterial action and add the characteristic bitter taste to beer.
  • n. Slang Opium.
  • transitive v. To flavor with hops.
  • hop up Slang To increase the power or energy of: hop up a car.
  • hop up Slang To stimulate with or as if with a narcotic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short jump
  • n. A jump on one leg.
  • n. A short journey, especially in the case of air travel, one that take place on private plane.
  • n. A bounce, especially from the ground, of a thrown or batted ball.
  • n. A dance.
  • n. The sending of a data packet from one host to another as part of its overall journey.
  • v. To jump a short distance.
  • v. To jump on one foot.
  • v. To be in state of energetic activity.
  • v. To suddenly take a mode of transportation that one does not drive oneself, often surreptitiously.
  • v. To move frequently from one place or situation to another similar one.
  • n. the plant (Humulus lupulus) from whose flowers, beer or ale is brewed
  • n. the flowers of the hop plant, dried and used to brew beer etc.
  • n. Opium, or some other narcotic drug.
  • n. a narcotic drug, usually opium

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A leap on one leg, as of a boy; a leap, as of a toad; a jump; a spring.
  • n. A dance; esp., an informal dance of ball.
  • n. A climbing plant (Humulus Lupulus), having a long, twining, annual stalk. It is cultivated for its fruit (hops).
  • n. The catkin or strobilaceous fruit of the hop, much used in brewing to give a bitter taste.
  • n. The fruit of the dog-rose. See Hip.
  • intransitive v. To move by successive leaps, as toads do; to spring or jump on one foot; to skip, as birds do.
  • intransitive v. To walk lame; to limp; to halt.
  • intransitive v. To dance.
  • intransitive v. To gather hops. [Perhaps only in the form hopping, vb. n.]
  • transitive v. To impregnate with hops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To leap, or move by successive leaps or sudden starts; skip, as birds; frisk or dance about; spring; specifically, as applied to persons, to spring or leap with one foot.
  • To limp; halt; walk lame.
  • To dance.
  • Synonyms Leap, Trip, etc. See skip.
  • To jump over.
  • In cutting rasps, to carry (the punch) with a skipping movement the required distance between the teeth: as, to hop the punch.
  • To die.
  • Synonyms See skip, v. i.
  • To treat with hops: as, to hop ale.
  • To pick or gather hops.
  • n. A leap, especially on one foot; a light spring.
  • n. A dance; a dancing-party.
  • n. A plant, Humulus Lupulus, of the natural order Urticaceœ, with long twining stems and abundant 3- to 5-lobed leaves.
  • n. plural The flowers of this plant, as used in brewing, medicine, etc.
  • n. Wood fit for hop-poles.
  • n. In Tasmania, a leguminous shrub, Daviesia latifolia. Also called bitter-leaf.
  • n. Same as native hop .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. travel by means of an aircraft, bus, etc.
  • v. jump lightly
  • v. move quickly from one place to another
  • v. make a jump forward or upward
  • v. traverse as if by a short airplane trip
  • n. twining perennials having cordate leaves and flowers arranged in conelike spikes; the dried flowers of this plant are used in brewing to add the characteristic bitter taste to beer
  • n. the act of hopping; jumping upward or forward (especially on one foot)
  • n. an informal dance where popular music is played
  • v. jump across

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English hoppen, from Old English hoppian.
Middle English hoppe, from Middle Dutch.

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From Middle English hoppen, from Old English hoppian ("to hop, spring, leap, dance"), from Proto-Germanic *huppōnan (“to hop”), from Proto-Indo-European *keub- (“to bend, bow”). Cognate with Dutch hoppen ("to hop"), German hopfen, hoppen ("to hop"), Swedish hoppa ("to hop, leap, jump"), Icelandic hoppa ("to hop, skip").

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From Middle Dutch hoppe.

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