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Dictionary Definition

hopping (See hop)


1 the act of hopping; jumping upward or forward (especially on one foot)
2 twining perennials having cordate leaves and flowers arranged in conelike spikes; the dried flowers of this plant are used in brewing to add the characteristic bitter taste to beer [syn: hops]
3 an informal dance where popular music is played [syn: record hop]


1 jump lightly [syn: skip, hop-skip]
2 move quickly from one place to another
3 informal: travel by means of an aircraft, bus, etc.; "She hopped a train to Chicago"; "He hopped rides all over the country"
4 make a quick trip especially by air; "Hop the Pacific Ocean"
5 jump across; "He hopped the bush"
6 make a jump forward or upward [also: hopping, hopped]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

Alternative spelling (C17) of hoppe from houbelon


  1. uncountable UK hop picking, the practice of picking hops; for Londoners a holiday period working in the hop gardens of Kent.
    • Hopping Down in Kent, Alan Bignell (1977).

Etymology 2

to hop




  1. countable physics A shift from one energy-state to another by an electron in an atom.

Extensive Definition

Hopping may refer to:
  • Hopping, an alternative term for jumping, especially on one foot
  • Hopping, the use of hops in brewing beer
  • Freighthopping, the act of surreptitiously hitching a ride on a railroad freight car
  • Island hopping, crossing an ocean by a series of shorter journeys between islands
  • Movie hopping, the practice of buying a ticket for one film and illicitly attending additional showings within the same film complex without buying the required tickets
  • Hopping, an alternative name for Yogic flying: see TM-Sidhi program

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