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

     

    hoop

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//huːp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//huːp//
     
    Basketball
     
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  1. 1a large ring of plastic, wood or iron a barrel bound with iron hoops hoop earrings (= in the shape of a hoop)
  2. 2the ring that the players throw the ball through in the game of basketball in order to score points Let's shoot some hoops. See related entries: Basketball
  3. 3a large ring that was used as a children’s toy in the past, or for animals or riders to jump through at a circus
  4. 4= hula hoop
  5. 5a small arch made of metal or plastic, put into the ground croquet hoops Grow lettuces under plastic stretched over wire hoops.
  6. Word Origin late Old English hōp, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoep.Extra examples Grow lettuce under plastic stretched over wire hoops. She was wearing a pair of hoop earrings. The barrel was bound with three iron hoops. You have to jump through so many hoops to get a job like this.Idioms to do something difficult or complicated in order to achieve something
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