Hoop meaning

ho͝op, ho͝op
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A large wooden, plastic, or metal ring, especially one used as a plaything or for trained animals to jump through.
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A circular band of metal or wood put around a cask or barrel to bind the staves together.
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One of a pair of circular frames, usually of wood or plastic, used to hold material taut for embroidery or similar needlework.
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To bind or fasten using a hoop.

To hoop a barrel or puncheon.

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One of the lightweight circular supports for a hoop skirt.
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A croquet wicket.
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To hold together or support with a hoop.
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To encircle.
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Anything like a hoop.
  • A large, circular band rolled along the ground by children at play.
  • Any of the rings of whalebone, steel, etc. forming the framework of a hoop skirt.
  • One of a pair of small bands that hold material taut for embroidery work.
  • The metal rim of the basket in basketball.
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To bind or fasten as with a hoop or hoops; encircle.
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A circular band of metal used to bind a barrel.
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A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop.

The cheese hoop, or cylinder in which the curd is pressed in making cheese.

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(chiefly in the plural) A circle, or combination of circles, of thin whalebone, metal, or other elastic material, used for expanding the skirts of ladies' dresses; crinoline.
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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.
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(plural) The game of basketball.
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A hoop earring.
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(Australia, metonymically, informal, dated) A jockey; from a common pattern on the blouse.
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To clasp; to encircle; to surround.

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A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.
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The hoopoe.
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(dated) To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.
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(dated) To whoop, as in whooping cough.
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(soccer) Someone connected with Queens Park Rangers Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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A circular, ringlike earring.
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A circular band or ring for holding together the staves of a barrel, cask, etc.
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jump
  • To undergo a rigorous trial or examination.
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jump through hoops
  • To do many things in order to achieve some objective, esp. things regarded as needlessly bothersome or inconvenient.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hoop

  • Middle English hop

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hoop, hoope, from Old English hōp (“mound, raised land", in combination, also "circular object”), from Proto-Germanic *hōpą (“bend, bow, arch”) (compare Dutch hoep), from Proto-Indo-European *kāb- (“to bend”) (compare Lithuanian kabė (“hook”), Old Church Slavonic [script?] (kǫpŭ, “hill, island”)). More at camp.

    From Wiktionary