Definition of hop noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɑːp//
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  1. 1[countable] a short jump by a person on one foot He crossed the hall with a hop, skip and a jump.
  2. 2[countable] a short jump by an animal or a bird with all or both feet together
  3. 3[countable] a short journey, especially by plane
  4. 4 [countable] a tall climbing plant with green female flowers that are shaped like cones
  5. 5 hops [plural] the green female flowers of the hop plant that have been dried, used for making beer
  6. 6[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) a social event at which people dance in an informal way
  7. see also hip hop
    Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 and noun sense 6 Old English hoppian, of Germanic origin; related to German dialect hopfen and German hopsen. noun senses 4 to 5 late Middle English hoppe (in the sense ‘ripened hop cones for flavouring malt liquor’), from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.Extra examples She gave a little hop and a skip to keep up with his long strides. He crossed the hall with a hop, a skip and a jump. It’s only a short hop to Paris.Idioms
    catch somebody on the hop
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    (informal) to surprise somebody by doing something when they are not expecting it and not ready for it
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hop