transitive verblopped, lopping
- to trim (a tree, etc.) by cutting off branches, twigs, or stems
- to remove by or as by cutting off: usually with off
Origin of lopMiddle English loppen ; from Old English loppian, probably ; from Scandinavian (as in 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
transitive verblopped 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 of lopPerhaps from Middle English loppe, small branches and twigs.
intr. & tr.v.lopped lopped, lop·ping, lops
Origin of lopOrigin unknown.
- (Geordie) A flea.
- Hadway wi ye man, ye liftin wi lops
From Middle English loppe (“flea, spider”), from Old English loppe (“spider, silk-worm, flea”), from Proto-Germanic *luppǭ (“flea, sandflea", originally, "jumper”), from Proto-Germanic *luppijaną (“to jump, dart”). Cognate with Danish loppe (“flea”), Swedish loppa (“flea”), Middle High German lüpfen, lupfen (“to release and raise aloft, move quickly”).
(third-person singular simple present lops, present participle lopping, simple past and past participle lopped)
- That which is lopped from anything, such as branches from a tree.
From Middle English loppe.
Back-formation from lopsided.