What does hop mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hopnoun

    the act of hopping; jumping upward or forward (especially on one foot)

  2. hop, hopsnoun

    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

  3. hop, record hopverb

    an informal dance where popular music is played

  4. hop, skip, hop-skipverb

    jump lightly

  5. hopverb

    move quickly from one place to another

  6. hopverb

    travel by means of an aircraft, bus, etc.

    "She hopped a train to Chicago"; "He hopped rides all over the country"

  7. hopverb

    traverse as if by a short airplane trip

    "Hop the Pacific Ocean"

  8. hopverb

    jump across

    "He hopped the bush"

  9. hopverb

    make a jump forward or upward


  1. Hopnoun

    a game or athletic sport in which the participants cover as much ground as possible by a hop, stride, and jump in succession. 2. a short distance. Addison.


  1. hopnoun

    a narcotic drug, usually opium

  2. Etymology: From hoppen, from hoppian, from huppōnan, from keub-. Cognate with hoppen, hopfen, hoppen, Swedish hoppa, hoppa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hopnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    When my wings are on, I can go above a hundred yards at a hop, step, and jump. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

  2. HOPnoun

    lupulus, Latin. A plant.

    Etymology: hop, Dutch;

    It has a creeping root: the leaves are rough, angular, and conjugated; the stalks climb and twist about whatever is near them; the flowers are male and female on different plants: the male flower consists of a calyx divided into five parts, which surrounds the stamina, but has no petals to the flower: the female plants have their flowers collected into squamose heads, which grow in bunches: from each of the leafy scales is produced an horned ovary, which becomes a single roundish seed. Philip Miller.

    If hop yard or orchard ye mind for to have,
    For hop poles and crotches in lopping go save. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    The planting of hop yards is profitable for the planters, and consequently for the kingdom. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Beer hath malt first infused in the liquor, and is afterwards boiled with the hop. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Next to thistles are hop strings, cut after the flowers are gathered. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

    Have the poles without forks, otherwise it will be troublesome to part the hop vines and the poles. John Mortimer, Husband.

    When you water hops, on the top of every hill put dissolved dung, which will enrich your hop hills. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    In Kent they plant their hop gardens with apple-trees and cherry-trees between. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    The price of hoeing of hop ground is forty shillings an acre. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Hop poles, the largest sort, should be about twenty foot long, and about nine inches in compass. John Mortimer, Husband.

  3. To Hopverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Brew in March or October, and hop it for long keeping. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    To increase the milk, diminished by flesh-meat, take malt-drink not much hopped. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

  4. To HOPverb

    Etymology: hoppan, Saxon; hoppen, Dutch.

    I would have thee gone,
    And yet no further than a wanton’s bird,
    That lets it hop a little from her hand,
    And with a silk thread plucks it back again. William Shakespeare.

    Go, hop me over every kennel home;
    For you shall hop without my custom, sir. William Shakespeare.

    Be kind and curteous to this gentleman,
    Hop in his walks, and gambol in his eyes. William Shakespeare.

    The painted birds, companions of the Spring,
    Hopping from spray to spray were heard. Dryden.

    Your Ben and Fletcher, in their first young flight,
    Did no Volpone, nor no Arbaces write;
    But hopp’d about, and short excursions made
    From bough to bough, as if they were afraid. Dryden.

    Why don’t we vindicate ourselves by trial ordeal, and hop over heated ploughshares blindfold. Jeremy Collier, on Duelling.

    I am highly delighted to see the jay or the thrush hopping about my walks. Spectator.

    Men with heads like dogs, and others with one huge foot alone, whereupon they did hop from place to place. George Abbot.

    The limping smith observ’d the sadden’d feast,
    And hopping here and there, himself a jest,
    Put in his word. John Dryden, Homer.

    Softly feel
    Her feeble pulse, to prove if any drop
    Of living blood yet in her veins did hop. Fairy Queen, b. ii.


  1. hop

    Hop is both a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to jump lightly or quickly from one place to another, typically on one or both feet. It can also refer to travel or move quickly to a particular place or in a specified manner. As a noun, it refers to the act of hopping or jumping. Additionally, in the botany field, "hop" refers to a climbing plant used in brewing to add flavor to beer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hopverb

    to move by successive leaps, as toads do; to spring or jump on one foot; to skip, as birds do

  2. Hopverb

    to walk lame; to limp; to halt

  3. Hopverb

    to dance

  4. Hopnoun

    a leap on one leg, as of a boy; a leap, as of a toad; a jump; a spring

  5. Hopnoun

    a dance; esp., an informal dance of ball

  6. Hopnoun

    a climbing plant (Humulus Lupulus), having a long, twining, annual stalk. It is cultivated for its fruit (hops)

  7. Hopnoun

    the catkin or strobilaceous fruit of the hop, much used in brewing to give a bitter taste

  8. Hopnoun

    the fruit of the dog-rose. See Hip

  9. Hopverb

    to impregnate with hops

  10. Hopverb

    to gather hops. [Perhaps only in the form Hopping, vb. n.]

  11. Etymology: [OE. hoppen to hop, leap, dance, AS. hoppian; akin to Icel. & Sw. hoppa, Dan. hoppe, D. huppelen, G. hpfen.]


  1. Hop

    Humulus, hop, is a small genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae, which also includes cannabis. The hop is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The species H. lupulus is the main flavour ingredient in many types of beer, and as such is widely cultivated for use by the brewing industry.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hop

    hop, v.i. to leap on one leg: to spring: to walk lame: to limp:—pr.p. hop′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. hopped.—n. a leap on one leg: a jump: a spring: a dance, dancing-party.—ns. Hop′-o'-my-thumb, the diminutive hero of one of Madame D'Aulnoy's famous nursery tales—'le petit pouce,' not to be confounded with the English Tom Thumb; Hop′per, one who hops: a shaking or conveying receiver, funnel, or trough in which something is placed to be passed or fed, as to a mill: a boat having a movable part in its bottom for emptying a dredging-machine: a vessel in which seed-corn is carried for sowing; Hop′ping, the act of one who hops or leaps on one leg; Hop′-scotch, a game in which children hop over lines scotched or traced on the ground.—Hop, skip, and jump, a leap on one leg, a skip, and a jump with both legs; Hop the twig (slang), to escape one's creditors: to die. [A.S. hoppian, to dance; Ger. hüpfen.]

  2. Hop

    hop, n. a plant with a long twining stalk, the bitter cones of which are much used in brewing and in medicine.—v.t. to mix with hops.—v.i. to gather hops:—pr.p. hop′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. hopped.—ns. Hop′bind (corrupted into Hopbine), the stalk of the hop; Hop′-flea, a small coleopterous insect, very destructive to hop plantations in spring; Hop′-fly, a species of Aphis, or plant-louse, injurious to hop plantations; Hop′-oast, a kiln for drying hops.—adj. Hopped, impregnated with hops.—ns. Hop′per, Hop′-pick′er, one who picks hops; a mechanical contrivance for stripping hops from the vines; Hop′ping, the act of gathering hops: the time of the hop harvest; Hop′-pock′et, a coarse sack for hops—as a measure, about 1½ cwt. of hops; Hop′-pole, a slender pole supporting a hop-vine.—adj. Hop′py, tasting of hops.—ns. Hop′-tree, an American shrub, with bitter fruit, a poor substitute for hops; Hop′-vine, the stock or stem of the hop; Hop′-yard, a field where hops are grown. [Dut. hop; Ger. hopfen.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. hop

    1. n. [common] One file transmission in a series required to get a file from point A to point B on a store-and-forward network. On such networks (including the old UUCP network and and FidoNet), an important inter-machine metric is the number of hops in the shortest path between them, which can be more significant than their geographical separation. See bang path. 2. v. [rare] To log in to a remote machine, esp. via rlogin or telnet. “I'll hop over to foovax to FTP that.”

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HOP

    To skip. HOPPER A skipper.

Editors Contribution

  1. hop

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed created and cultivated in various species.

    The hop plant is cultivated to be used as hops and is used specifically in the creation and process of a variety of types of beer.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 10, 2016  

  2. hopverb

    To move by jumping on one foot.

    I hopped off the couch.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on July 9, 2022  

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  1. HOP

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hop is ranked #40371 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hop surname appeared 542 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hop.

    88.5% or 480 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 20 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.9% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 13 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hop in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hop in a Sentence

  1. Kanye West:

    It represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, liberals can't bully me ; news can't bully me ; the hip-hop community, they can't bully me. Because at that point, if I'm afraid to be me, I'm no longer Ye. That's what makes Ye. And I actually quite enjoy when people actually are mad at me about certain things.

  2. Tom Perez:

    2014 was the best year since the late 90s in terms of job growth and we see a real hop in the step of this economy, i think in the grand scheme, I'm confident that we can recover quickly.

  3. Toby Cooper:

    The honey was the obvious addition as this helps to reduce the hop bitterness which is accentuated at pressure, the Fuggle hops give nice earthiness and the longan fruit sits nicely in the background. We discounted using tea quite quickly as we didn't feel anything with tannins would help.

  4. Steve Daines:

    It’s pretty simple – if an illegal immigrant presents their own arrest warrant as a form of ID, they should be immediately arrested, not cleared by TSA to hop on a plane in the United States.

  5. Matt Delzell:

    Cam has a cool factor about him, he puts his name and reputation behind different things in different categories again because of the nature of who he is, peyton does pizza and insurance and those are pretty safe categories, safe companies. Beats (headphones) is edgy, they play hip hop in their spots and they are all about music and being cool and Under Armour is certainly a cool brand as well.

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