If you hop, you move along by jumping on one foot. [V prep/adv] ⇒ I hopped down three steps. [V] ⇒ Malcolm hopped rather than walked.
Hop is also a noun. ⇒ 'This really is a catchy rhythm, huh?' he added, with a few little hops. 2. verb
When birds and some small animals hop, they move along by jumping on both feet. [V prep/adv] ⇒ A small brown fawn hopped across the trail in front of them.
Hop is also a noun. ⇒ The rabbit got up, took four hops and turned round.
3. verb If you hop somewhere, you move there quickly or suddenly. [informal] [V prep/adv] ⇒ My wife and I were the first to arrive and hopped on board. [V prep/adv] ⇒ I hopped out of bed quickly. 4. countable noun A hop is a short, quick journey, usually by plane. [informal] ⇒ It is a three-hour drive from Geneva but can be reached by a 20-minute hop in a private helicopter. 5. countable noun A hop is a social event at which people mix together and dance in an informal way. [informal] ⇒ They were afraid of being turned down when they asked girls to dance at high school hops. 6. countable noun [usu pl] Hops are flowers that are dried and used for making beer.
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