Hoop Definition

ho͝op, ho͝op
hoops
noun
hoops
A circular band or ring for holding together the staves of a barrel, cask, etc.
Webster's New World
A large wooden, plastic, or metal ring, especially one used as a plaything or for trained animals to jump through.
American Heritage
Anything like a hoop.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
One of the lightweight circular supports for a hoop skirt.
American Heritage
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verb
hoops
To hold together or support with a hoop.
American Heritage
To bind or fasten as with a hoop or hoops; encircle.
Webster's New World
(dated) To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout.
Wiktionary
(dated) To whoop, as in whooping cough.
Wiktionary
idiom
jump
  • To undergo a rigorous trial or examination.
American Heritage
jump through hoops
  • to do many things in order to achieve some objective, esp. things regarded as needlessly bothersome or inconvenient
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Hoop

Noun

Singular:
hoop
Plural:
hoops

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Hoop

Origin of Hoop

  • 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

  • Middle English hop

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

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