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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hoop/hooped earrings (=in the shape of a large circle)
▪ a pair of large silver hoop earrings
hula hoop
▪ Small gold hoop earrings caught the light as she turned her head.
▪ Tonight he wears peach-colored slacks, a matching gingham blouse, brass hoop earrings and a rhinestone stud in his nose.
▪ Firms wanting to merge have therefore been expected to jump through impossibly tight hoops.
▪ He had me roll my body across the yard, he had me hop, he had me jump through hoops.
jump through hoops
▪ They'll have to jump through a lot of hoops to prove we can trust them.
▪ He had me roll my body across the yard, he had me hop, he had me jump through hoops.
shoot hoops/baskets
▪ Let's go out and shoot a few hoops.
▪ I shoot baskets and I see a car coming down.
▪ I could not even ride a bicycle, much less shoot baskets or play tennis.
▪ I was shooting baskets with a fourth-grade boy.
▪ She had been shooting baskets since she was old enough to hold a ball.
▪ She learned to shoot baskets from her much older brothers in the driveway of their Vancouver, Washington, home.
▪ an embroidery hoop
▪ Bradley, a Hall of Fame pro basketball player, first gained prominence as a college hoops star at Princeton.
▪ He had me roll my body across the yard, he had me hop, he had me jump through hoops.
▪ If they win, it will be due to the chemistry whipped up in nine months of globe-trotting, boot-camp hoops.
▪ Small gold hoop earrings caught the light as she turned her head.
▪ The sleepy snakes lie wreathed around themselves or slither through the hoops of their own skin, their hanks of hemp.
▪ The wooden hoop supporting the foliage had almost collapsed beneath its weight.
▪ They chant their tables before playtime with tops, skipping ropes and hoops.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hoopoe \Hoop"oe\, Hoopoo \Hoop"oo\, n. [So called from its cry; cf. L. upupa, Gr. ?, D. hop, F. huppe; cf. also G. wiedenhopf, OHG. wituhopfo, lit., wood hopper.] (Zo["o]l.) A European bird of the genus Upupa ( Upupa epops), having a beautiful crest, which it can erect or depress at pleasure, and a slender down-curving bill. Called also hoop, whoop. The name is also applied to several other species of the same genus and allied genera.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 12c., probably from an unrecorded Old English *hop, from Proto-Germanic *hopa-, a Low German-Frisian word (cognates: Old Frisian hop, Middle Dutch and Dutch hoep "hoop," Old Norse hop "a small bay"). As something someone jumps through (on horseback) as a circus trick, by 1793. Figurative use of jump through hoops by 1917. The verb is from mid-15c. Hoop-petticoat is attested from 1711. As a surname, Hooper, literally "maker of hoops" is early 13c.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A circular band of metal used to bind a barrel. 2 A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop. 3 (context mostly in plural English) A circle, or combination of circles, of thin whalebone, metal, or other elastic material, used for expanding the skirts of ladies' dresses; crinoline. 4 A quart pot; so called because originally bound with hoops, like a barrel. Also, a portion of the contents measured by the distance between the hoops. 5 (context UK obsolete English) An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from one to four pecks. 6 (qualifier: plural) The game of basketball. 7 A hoop earring. 8 (context Australia metonym informal dated English) A jockey; ''from a common pattern on the blouse''.“[|%22hoops%22+australia+OR+jockey+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22hoop%22|%22hoops%22+australia+OR+jockey+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=80yET8v1AsvumAWsn4HjBw&redir_esc=y hoop]”, entry in '''1989''', Joan Hughes, ''Australian Words and Their Origins'', page 261. 9 (qualifier usually plural) (context: association football) A horizontal stripe on the jersey vb. 1 (context transitive English) To bind or fasten using a hoop. 2 (context transitive English) To clasp; to encircle; to surround. Etymology 2

n. 1 A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough. 2 The hoopoe. vb. 1 (context dated English) To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout. 2 (context dated English) To whoop, as in whooping cough.


v. bind or fasten with a hoop; "hoop vats"

  1. n. a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt

  2. a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling; "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse" [syn: ring]

  3. a small arch used as croquet equipment [syn: wicket]

  4. horizontal hoop with a net through which players try to throw the basketball [syn: basket, basketball hoop]

Hoop (surname)

Hoop is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Gregor Hoop (born 1964), Liechtenstein alpine skier
  • Imbi Hoop (born 1988), Estonian footballer
  • Jesca Hoop (born 1975), American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Josef Hoop (1895–1959), Liechtenstein politician
  • Martin Hoop (1892–1933), German politician
  • Ronald Hoop (born 1967), Dutch-Surinamese footballer
  • Wyn Hoop (born 1936), German singer

Hoop may refer to:

  • barrel
  • Basketball, also referred to as Hoops
  • Celtic F.C., nicknamed the Hoops
  • Hoop (magazine), an American basketball magazine
  • Hoop (rhythmic gymnastics) is one apparatus in rhythmic gymnastics
  • Hoop (surname)
  • Hooping, a modern subculture revolving around hoopdance by the The Rubens, 2015
  • "Hoops" (song), a 1996 song by Ruby by The Rubens, 2015
  • Hoops (video game), a 1989 basketball video game
  • HOOPS 3D Graphics System, a 3D Graphics API, part of The HOOPS 3D Application Framework
  • Queens Park Rangers, nicknamed the Hoops
  • Shamrock Rovers F.C., nicknamed the Hoops
  • Shamrock Rovers Hoops, an Irish basketball club
  • Sphincter, a colloquial term for the anatomical structure, a circular muscle
Hoop (rhythmic gymnastics)

A hoop is an apparatus in rhythmic gymnastics and may be made of plastic or wood, provided that it retains its shape during the routine. The interior diameter is from 51 to 90 cm, and the hoop must weigh a minimum of 300g. The hoop may be of a natural colour or be partially of fully covered by one or several colours, and it may be covered with adhesive tape either of the same or different colour as the hoop.

Fundamental requirements of a hoop routine include rotation around the hand or body and rolling, as well as swings, circles, throws, and passes through and over the hoop.

Many of the techniques of rhythmic gymnastics have been adopted by the modern hooping community.

Hoop (magazine)

HOOP is an official NBA publication, produced by Professional Sports Publications. The magazine features in-depth interviews with players, and also highlights the players' lives off the court.

Other popular sections include celebrity interviews and Dance Life. The magazine also profiles the latest in sneakers, basketball-related clothing, as well as music, DVDs and technology.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash answers readers' questions in his "Straight Shooter" column. Golden State Warriors guard Nate Robinson is the player video game editor and Miami Heat forward Shane Battier serves as Tech Editor and reviews products online for

HOOP also publishes international editions such as HOOP Japan, which features basketball English lessons from English, baby!

Usage examples of "hoop".

The metal hoops of the accelerating cage sang lightly as the weight came on.

Bair could very likely make even Siuan Sanche jump through hoops, and Bair could not even channel.

Anne theatraal met een blik naar Sofia, in de hoop hem ervan te weerhouden zichzelf voor gek te zetten.

The hoop was fastened with straps to his shoulders and around the edge of the circler sat three hooded falcons fitted with tinkling bells.

The canvas coverlid bulged out between the hoops in various geometric shapes, the points and angles and curves of his boxed and bundled things.

I saw, or fancied I saw, coming down the chimney, a dazzling woman, with immense hoops, splendidly attired, and wearing on her head a crown set with precious stones, which seemed to me sparkling with fire.

Now, to venture upon parading a beautiful young Duchess of Dewlap, with an odour of the shepherdess about her notwithstanding her acquired art of stepping conformably in a hoop, and to demand full homage of respect for a lady bearing such a title, who had the intoxicating attractions of the ruddy orchard apple on the tree next the roadside wall, when the owner is absent, was bold in Mr.

There was a mattress full length of the ekka, and a cover stretched over it on iron hoops.

The Equestrienne equestered, and the Widos hopped through hoops, and all the while I kept up my patter and spouted all the rot I could remember.

He is now exhibiting himself, and his greatest feat is to pass with his entire body through a hoop the inside of which is hardly big enough to admit his body and is closely set with sharp knife-points, daggers, nails, and similar things.

The circle of constables surrounding the place of execution opened to allow the cart to pass within, and in so doing disclosed the pile of faggots, and the post rising above it, to which was attached a hoop that was to clasp the waist of the victim and prevent her from sinking in shame and anguish into the element that surged up from below.

Half an hour from Liverpool, she was thinking, there are houses with croquet hoops on the Jawn and swimming pools and suntanned women who drink martinis at eleven-thirty in the morning.

Beside the low bed, where she went and sat on the edge, was a broken glass, a box of Dutch cigars unopened, a coconut, and a leather box filled with cuff links, collar buttons, paper clips, two penknives, another knife, bladeless, and a knifeless blade, buttons, pen points, studs, a number of keys, some brass wood-screws, a single pearl earring, and prominently, two large archaically studded hoops of gold.

Lords and ladies, the former in full-bottomed wigs, hanging sleeves, and swords, the latter in lappets, stays, hoops, and brocade, have been seen walking up and down the great waste chambers on moonlight nights, and are supposed to be the shades of the ancient proprietors in their court-dresses.

Roll, roll thy hoop, and twirl thy tops, And buy, to glad thy smiling chops, Crisp parliament with lollypops, And fingers of the Lady.