Hoops



[hoop, hoo p] /hup, hʊp/

noun
1.
a circular band or ring of metal, wood, or other stiff material.
2.
such a band for holding together the staves of a cask, tub, etc.
3.
a large ring of iron, wood, plastic, etc., used as a plaything for a child to roll along the ground.
4.
a circular or ringlike object, part, figure, etc.
5.
the shank of a finger ring.
6.
Croquet. a wicket.
7.
a circular band of stiff material used to expand and display a woman’s skirt.
8.
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9.
Basketball Informal.

10.
a decorative band, as around a mug or cup.
11.
.
verb (used with object)
12.
to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop or hoops.
13.
to encircle; surround.
/huːp/
noun
1.
a rigid circular band of metal or wood
2.
something resembling this
3.

4.
a child’s toy shaped like a hoop and rolled on the ground or whirled around the body
5.
(croquet) any of the iron arches through which the ball is driven
6.

7.
(basketball) the round metal frame to which the net is attached to form the basket
8.
a large ring through which performers or animals jump
9.
(jewellery)

10.
(Austral, informal) a jockey
11.
go through the hoop, be put through the hoop, to be subjected to an ordeal
verb
12.
(transitive) to surround with or as if with a hoop
/huːp/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling of whoop
n.

late 12c., probably from an unrecorded Old English *hop, from Proto-Germanic *hopa-, a Low German-Frisian word (cf. Old Frisian hop, Middle Dutch and Dutch hoep “hoop,” Old Norse hop “a small bay”). As something someone jumps through (on horseback) as a circus trick, by 1793. Figurative use of jump through hoops by 1917. The verb is from mid-15c. Hoop-petticoat is attested from 1711. As a surname, Hooper, literally “maker of hoops” is early 13c.

Related Terms

whoop-de-do

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noun

A basketball player (1940s+ Basketball)

modifier

Having to do with basketball: a hoop
see: jump through hoops

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