To hop is to bounce or jump, either on one foot or both feet. Bunnies hop. People hop. And, sometimes, people do a dance called the "Bunny Hop." No joke.

If you lose a shoe in a rainstorm, you might hop along on one foot until you find it again. You can also hop into and out of things, or up to or down from a height: "Hop in the car, let's go!" Something that's "a hop, skip, and a jump" from where you are is extremely close, a short trip. The Old English root of hop is hoppian, "to spring, leap, or dance."

Definitions of hop
  1. verb
    jump lightly
    synonyms: hop-skip, skip
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    type of:
    bound, jump, leap, spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  2. verb
    make a jump forward or upward
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    type of:
    bound, jump, leap, spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  3. verb
    move quickly from one place to another
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    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. verb
    jump across
    “He hopped the bush”
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    type of:
    clear, top
    pass by, over, or under without making contact
  5. verb
    traverse as if by a short airplane trip
    Hop the Pacific Ocean”
  6. verb
    travel by means of an aircraft, bus, etc.
    “She hopped a train to Chicago”
    “He hopped rides all over the country”
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    type of:
    undergo transportation as in a vehicle
  7. noun
    the act of hopping; jumping upward or forward (especially on one foot)
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    type of:
    jump, jumping
    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
  8. noun
    an informal dance where popular music is played
    synonyms: record hop
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    a party for social dancing
  9. noun
    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
    synonyms: hops
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    European hop, Humulus lupulus, bine, common hop, common hops
    European twining plant whose flowers are used chiefly to flavor malt liquors; cultivated in America
    American hop, Humulus americanus
    native American plant sometimes confused with the European hop
    Humulus japonicus, Japanese hop
    ornamental vine native to eastern Asia; cultivated for its variegated foliage
    type of:
    a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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