- to trim (a tree, etc.) by cutting off branches, twigs, or stems
- to remove by or as by cutting off: usually with off
Origin: Middle English loppen from Old English loppian, probably from Scandinavian (as inch(es) Norwegian loppa) from Indo-European an unverified form leub-, to peel off, break off, variant, variety of base an unverified form leubh- from source leaf
- lopper noun
- to hang down loosely
- to move in a halting way
Origin: prob. akin to lob
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transitive verb lopped lopped, lop·ping, lops
- To cut off (a part), especially from a tree or shrub: lopped off the dead branches.
- To cut off a part or parts from; trim: lopped the vines back; lopped her curls shorter.
- To eliminate or excise as superfluous: lopped him from the payroll.
Origin: Perhaps from Middle English loppe, small branches and twigs.
- lopˈper noun
intr. & tr.v. lopped lopped, lop·ping, lops
Origin: Origin unknown.