Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • Such disparities result in lop-sided and unfair policies that need to be changed to meet everyone’s needs, Meter pointed out.

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  • Despite participation by trade unions on both sides, the analysis was variously called lop-sided in favor of employers, a misunderstanding of the American system, or a helpful industrial study leading in

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  • GOODWIN: But I think, though, what happens is, when you kind of lop off a head in this case, attorney general's head, that would sort of end it.

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  • Any attempt to get these machines off the water in a North Sea 'lop' infallibly led to their destruction.

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  • The problem with this kind of lop-sided reservation is that the real beneficiaries of reservation may be the economically well-off among the "backward community" members who generation after generation reap the benefits at the expense of those who are poor and illiterate.

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  • The problem with this kind of lop-sided reservation is that the real beneficiaries of reservation may be the economically well-off "backward community" members who generation after generation reap the benefits at the expense of the real needy from the general sections as has been seen in the case of the 22.5 percent quotas in the institutions of higher education like the IIMs, IITs etc.

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  • "lop," like that of many another of his kind, led him to enlarge upon

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  • This incred­i­ble moment in the his­tory of evo­lu­tion was made even more remark­able by the tech­nol­ogy behind it: the game had fig­ured out, pro­ce­du­rally, how a crea­ture would walk if it had three legs (it was a kind of lop­sided gait, if you’re curi­ous, with three steps: left, right, then mid­dle.)

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  • "lop" in Hungarian means: to steal

    August 1, 2012