- a person or thing that hops
- any hopping insect, esp. a grasshopper
Origin of hopperso called from making material “hop” a box, tank, rail car, etc., often funnel-shaped, from which the contents can be emptied slowly and evenly: the hopper of an automatic coal stoker
- a freight car with a bottom that opens to unload freightin full hopper car
- a box into which legislative bills are dropped for introduction, assignment to committees, etc.: often used fig.
Origin of hopperMiddle English hoppere