Dictionary: HOOT – HOP'ING

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HOOT, n.

A cry, or shout in contempt. Glanville.

HOOT, v.i. [W. hwd or hwt, a taking off, off, away; hwtiaw, to take off to push away, to hoot; and udaw, to howl or yell; Fr. huer, a contracted word; hence, hue, in hue and cry.]

  1. To cry out or shout in contempt. Matrons and girls shall hoot at thee no more. Dryden.
  2. To cry, as an owl. The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots. Dryden.

HOOT, v.t.

To drive with cries or shouts uttered in contempt. Partridge and his clan may hoot me for a cheat. Swift.

HOOT'ED, pp.

Driven with shouts of contempt.


A shouting; clamor.

HOOT'ING, ppr.

Shouting in contempt.

HOP, n.

  1. A leap on one leg; a leap; a jump; a spring.
  2. A dance. [Colloquial.]

HOP, n. [D. hop; G. hopfen; probably hoop, from winding.]

A plant constituting the genus Humulus. The stalk or vine, which grows to a great length, is weak and requires to be supported. In growing, it climbs or winds round a pole or other support. This plant is of great importance in brewing, as it tends to preserve malt liquors, and renders them more salubrious. Encyc.

HOP, v.i. [Sax. hoppan; G. hüpfen; D. huppelen; Sw. hoppa; Dan. hopper; W. hobelu, to hop, to hobble. It has the elements of caper.]

  1. To leap, or spring on one leg; applied to persons.
  2. To leap; to spring forward by leaps; to skip, as birds. Hopping from spray to spray. Dryden.
  3. To walk lame; to limp; to halt. [We generally use hobble.]
  4. To move by leaps or starts, as the blood in the veins. [Not used.] Spenser.
  5. To spring; to leap; to frisk about.
  6. To dance. Chaucer.

HOP, v.t.

To impregnate with hops. Mortimer


The stalk or vine on which hops grow. Blackstone.

HOPE, n.1 [Sax. hopa; D. hoop; Sw. hopp; Dan. haab; G. hoffnung; Qu. L. cupio. Class Gb. The primary sense is to extend, to reach forward.]

  1. A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety. The hypocrite's hope shall perish. Job viii. He wish'd, but not with hope. Milton. Sweet hope! kind cheat! Crashaw. He that lives upon hope, will die fasting. Franklin.
  2. Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as, a hope founded on God's gracious promises; a Scriptural sense. A well founded Scriptural hope, is, in our religion, the source of ineffable happiness.
  3. That which gives hope; he or that which furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good. The hope of Israel is the Messiah. The Lord will be the hope of his people. Joel iii.
  4. An opinion or belief not amounting to certainty, but grounded on substantial evidence. The Christian indulges a hope, that his sins are pardoned.

HOPE, n.2

A sloping plain between ridges of mountains. [Not in use.] Ainsworth.

HOPE, v.i. [Sax. hopian; G. hoffen; D. hoopen, to hope, and to heap; Dan. haaber; Sw. hoppas.]

  1. To cherish a desire of good, with some expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope for good success. Taylor. Be sober and hope to the end. 1 Pet. i. Hope humbly then, with trembling pinions soar. Pope.
  2. To place confidence in; to trust in with confident expectation of good. Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God. Ps. xlii.

HOPE, v.t.

To desire with expectation of good, or a belief that it may be obtained. But as a transitive verb, it is seldom used, and the phrases in which it is so used are elliptical, for being understood. So stands the Thracian herdsman with his spear, Full in the gap, and hopes the hunted bear. Dryden.

HOP'ED, pp.

Desired with expectation.


Deserted by hope; hopeless.


  1. Having qualities which excite hope; promising or giving ground to expect good or success; as, a hopeful youth; a hopeful prospect.
  2. Full of hope or desire, with expectation. I was hopeful the success of your first attempts would encourage you to the trial of more nice and difficult experiments. Boyle.


  1. In a manner to raise hope; in a way promising good. He prosecutes his scheme hopefully.
  2. In a manner to produce a favorable opinion respecting some good at the present time. The young man is hopefully pious.
  3. With hope; with ground to expect.


Promise of good; ground to expect what is desirable. Wotton.


  1. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of that which is desirable; despairing. I am a woman, friendless, hopeless. Shak.
  2. Giving no ground of hope or expectation of good; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless condition.


Without hope. Beaum.


A state of being desperate, or affording no hope.

HOP'ER, n.

One that hopes. Shak.

HOP'ING, ppr.

  1. Having hope; indulging desire of good with the expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable.
  2. Confiding in.