/hup / (say hoohp)

1. a circular band or ring of metal, wood, or other stiff material.
2. such a band to hold together the staves of a cask, barrel, etc.
3. a large ring of wood or plastic for children's games.
4. something resembling a hoop.
5. that part of a finger ring which surrounds the finger.
6. one of the iron arches used in croquet.
7. a circular band of stiff material used to make a woman's skirt stand out.
8. hoop skirt.
9. a large ring, with paper stretched over it through which circus animals, etc., jump.
10. Colloquial a jockey.
11. Colloquialdoughnut (def. 4).
verb (t)
12. to bind or fasten with a hoop or hoops.
13. to encircle; embrace.
14. go through the hoop, go through a bad time; undergo an ordeal: *the company concerned went through the hoop, as so many companies have. –news, 1990.
15. jump through hoops, to obey without question, in the manner of a trained dog: *I think people have just got to be a little wary that you can't be seen to perform and jump through hoops at every opportunity –aap news, 1999.
16. put someone through (the) hoops, to subject someone to a series of (often unreasonable) tests or trials.
{Middle English hop(e), late Old English hōp}
hooped, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Hoop — Hoop, n. [OE. hope; akin to D. hoep, hoepel.] 1. A pliant strip of wood or metal bent in a circular form, and united at the ends, for holding together the staves of casks, tubs, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A ring; a circular band; anything resembling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoop — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Edward Hoop (1925−2008), deutscher Pädagoge, Historiker und Schriftsteller Hein Hoop (1927–1986), deutscher Schriftsteller und Künstler Imbi Hoop (* 1988), estnische Fußballspielerin Jaap de Hoop Scheffer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hoop — hoop; hoop·erat·ing; hoop·ing; hoop·la; hoop·less; hoop·man; hoop·ster; hoop·er; …   English syllables

  • hoop — [ho͞op; ] also [ hoop] n. [ME < OE hop, akin to Du hoep, OFris hop, prob. < IE * keub < base * keu , to bend, curve > Lith kabė̃, a hook] 1. a circular band or ring for holding together the staves of a barrel, cask, etc. 2. anything… …   English World dictionary

  • hoop — [hu:p US hup, hu:p] n [: Old English; Origin: hop] 1.) a large ring made of wood, metal, plastic etc 2.) a large ring that children used to play with in the past, or that ↑circus animals are made to jump through 3.) a) the ring that you have to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Hoop — Hoop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hooped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hooping}.] 1. To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon. [1913 Webster] 2. To clasp; to encircle; to surround. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoop — Hoop, v. i. [OE. houpen; cf. F. houper to hoop, to shout; a hunting term, prob. fr. houp, an interj. used in calling. Cf. {Whoop}.] 1. To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout. [Usually written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hoop — [ hup ] noun count 1. ) an object in the shape of a circle, usually made of metal, plastic, or wood: a basketball hoop hoop earrings a ) a large ring used in a CIRCUS for animals to jump through b ) a large ring that children use for jumping… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hoop — (n.) late 12c., probably from an unrecorded O.E. *hop, from P.Gmc. *hopa , a Low German Frisian word (Cf. O.Fris. hop, M.Du., Du. hoep hoop, O.N. hop a small bay ). As something someone jumps through (on horseback) as a circus trick, by 1793.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hoop — Hoop, v. t. [Written also whoop.] 1. To drive or follow with a shout. To be hooped out of Rome. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To call by a shout or peculiar cry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoop — Hoop, n. 1. A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) The hoopoe. See {Hoopoe}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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