from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See grasshopper. See Regional Note at everwhere.
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Up ter-day wid de hoppergrass, and down ter-morrow wid de sparrergrass!
"Why ef yo own minister wus'n thar hiself I hope er hoppergrass may chaw me."
I concur with Professor Smith's conclusion [XII, 4] that the words peckerwood and hoppergrass have their origins in the human playfulness with language.
Smith's peckerwood and hoppergrass make more sense to me than the more usual forms because the verb-derived word precedes its object, as in the rest of that malady we call English.
Tek keer of yo’ young Miss Pittypat,’ he say, ‘ ’cause she ain’ got no mo’ sense dan a hoppergrass.’
'Tain't so long, seems to me, sence ye used to be as spry as a hoppergrass. "
But what made Nick go over the bar so like a hoppergrass? "exclaimed the saloon-keeper.