To hoop a barrel or puncheon.
- 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.
The cheese hoop, or cylinder in which the curd is pressed in making cheese.
- To undergo a rigorous trial or examination.
- To do many things in order to achieve some objective, esp. things regarded as needlessly bothersome or inconvenient.
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.