Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive & transitive verb To hang or let hang loosely; droop.
  • transitive verb To cut off (a part), especially from a tree or shrub.
  • transitive verb To cut off a part or parts from; trim.
  • transitive verb To eliminate or excise as superfluous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hanging down; a drooping, as of the ears of rabbits.
  • To hang down loosely; droop: said especially of the pendulous ears of some animals, as dogs and rabbits.
  • To bend indolently sidewise or downward; loll; lounge.
  • To let droop; allow to hang down: as, a horse lops his ears.
  • noun That which is cut from trees; fagot-wood.
  • noun Every part; the whole.
  • noun A flea.
  • noun A spider.
  • To cut off, as the top or extreme part of anything; shorten or reduce by cutting off the extremities; cut off, as superfluous parts; trim by cutting: as, to lop a tree or its branches.
  • To cut partly off and bend down: as, to lop the saplings of a hedge.
  • noun An obsolete preterit of leap.
  • To break in short, ‘loppy’ waves.
  • noun A short, ‘loppy’ sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cut off as the top or extreme part of anything; to shorten by cutting off the extremities; to cut off, or remove, as superfluous parts.
  • transitive verb To cut partly off and bend down.
  • noun That which is lopped from anything, as branches from a tree.
  • noun obsolete A flea.
  • intransitive verb To hang downward; to be pendent; to lean to one side.
  • transitive verb To let hang down.
  • adjective Hanging down; ; -- used also in compound adjectives

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To cut off as the top or extreme part of anything, especially to prune a small limb off a shrub or tree, or sometimes to behead someone.
  • noun US, slang (usually offensive) A disabled person, a cripple.
  • noun Geordie A flea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cut off from a whole
  • verb cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from Middle English loppe, small branches and twigs.]

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From Middle English loppe.

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Back-formation from lopsided.

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From Middle English loppe ("flea, spider"), from Old English loppe ("spider, silk-worm, flea"), from Proto-Germanic *luppōn (“flea, sandflea", originally, "jumper”), from Proto-Germanic *luppjanan (“to jump, dart”). Cognate with Danish loppe ("flea"), Swedish loppa ("flea"), Middle High German lüpfen, lupfen ("to release and raise aloft, move quickly").

Examples

  • As lop is not very nourishing he used to take the money to a shop and get a glass of ginger beer, some broken pieces of meringue and a slice of streaky bacon.

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  • Such disparities result in lop-sided and unfair policies that need to be changed to meet everyone’s needs, Meter pointed out.

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  • Such disparities result in lop-sided and unfair policies that need to be changed to meet everyone’s needs, Meter pointed out.

    The Economics of Organic Farming

  • Despite participation by trade unions on both sides, the analysis was variously called lop-sided in favor of employers, a misunderstanding of the American system, or a helpful industrial study leading in

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  • é, cf. párallel des Mŏines * dəmŏin despãir désperate cf. dísparate, séparate desperâtion despícable dessërt meal - zërt = desërt leave detêriorate detërmíne detérrent detrîtus dévastate devastâtion devélop rhymes with envélop verb, cf. énvelôpe noun devélopment devîce - ss, cf. divîde devîse - z, cf.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • é, cf. párallel des Mŏines * dəmŏin despãir désperate cf. dísparate, séparate desperâtion despícable dessërt meal - zërt = desërt leave detêriorate detërmíne detérrent detrîtus dévastate devastâtion devélop rhymes with envélop verb, cf. énvelôpe noun devélopment devîce - ss, cf. divîde devîse - z, cf.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • GOODWIN: But I think, though, what happens is, when you kind of lop off a head in this case, attorney general's head, that would sort of end it.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2007

  • Any attempt to get these machines off the water in a North Sea 'lop' infallibly led to their destruction.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 The Part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force

  • The problem with this kind of lop-sided reservation is that the real beneficiaries of reservation may be the economically well-off among the "backward community" members who generation after generation reap the benefits at the expense of those who are poor and illiterate.

    Analysis

  • The problem with this kind of lop-sided reservation is that the real beneficiaries of reservation may be the economically well-off among the "backward community" members who generation after generation reap the benefits at the expense of those who are poor and illiterate.

    Analysis

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  • "lop" in Hungarian means: to steal

    August 1, 2012