From Middle English loppe (“flea, spider"), from Old English loppe (“spider, silk-worm, flea"), from Proto-Germanic *luppÇ (“flea, sandflea", originally, "jumper"), from Proto-Germanic *luppijanÄ… (“to jump, dart"). Cognate with Danish loppe (“flea"), Swedish loppa (“flea"), Middle High German lÃ¼pfen, lupfen (“to release and raise aloft, move quickly").
(third-person singular simple present lops, present participle lopping, simple past and past participle lopped)
- (usually with off) 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.
- To hang downward; to be pendent; to lean to one side.
- To allow to hang down.
- to lop the head
From Middle English loppe.
Back-formation from lopsided.