from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without a hoop or hoops.
  • adj. Not wearing a hoop skirt.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

hoop +‎ -less


  • To see a lovely girl of seventeen, with her saddle on her head, and her muzzle on behind, and her veil just covering the end of her nose, come tripping along in her hoopless, red-bottomed dress, like a churn on fire, is enough to set a man wild.

    Mark Twain

  • Some might just stay and gawk for a few minutes, then go on with their hoopless lives, but you will find that many people will be curious enough to pick up a hoop. | Blog | How to Start a Hoop Group

  • Jason, always one to wiggle and stretch, started the trend by first doing hoopless carthweels. | Blog

  • Since then, there is not an 'ism' in America that she has not taken up and run into the ground; I have met her in every stage, from the coat and pantaloons of the Bloomer ten years ago to the hoopless old maid I saw yesterday going into Dodworth's Hall with the last spiritual paper and a spirit photograph in her hand.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 1, January, 1864

  • She looked doubtfully at him, at the low shanty, the yard that was littered with cord-wood, moldy planks, a hoopless wash-tub.

    Main Street

  • Company came and found me out in the garden picking peas and blackberries -- and hoopless ....

    The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2) Including Public Addresses, Her Own Letters and Many From Her Contemporaries During Fifty Years

  • The women were barefooted and hoopless, and they gave us the Tarantella with all the beauty of natural movement and free floating drapery, and with all that splendid grace of pose which animates the antique statues and pictures of dancers.

    Italian Journeys

  • Objectively, she was a slim, hoopless little woman, with a tendency to be always at the street-door when we opened it.

    Venetian Life

  • She was in a working dress, of the brown stuff her aunt's maids wore at home; short sleeves left her arms bare to the elbow; and the full jacket and hoopless skirt did no wrong to a figure the soft outlines of which they only disclosed.

    The Old Helmet

  • The women, were in hoopless dresses, and held shawls over their heads in place of bonnets.

    Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.