of hoops for expanding the skirts of a woman's dress; called also hoop petticoat. Hoop snake
(Zoöl.), a harmless snake of the Southern United States (Abaster erythrogrammus); so called from the
mistaken notion that it curves itself into a hoop, taking its tail into its mouth, and rolls along with great
velocity. Hoop tree (Bot.), a small West Indian tree of the Mahogany family.
(Hoop), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hooped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hooping.]
1. To bind or fasten with hoops; as, to hoop a barrel or puncheon.
2. To clasp; to encircle; to surround. Shak.
(Hoop) v. i. [OE. houpen; cf. F. houper to hoop, to shout; a hunting term, prob. fr. houp, an
interj. used in calling. Cf. Whoop.]
1. To utter a loud cry, or a sound imitative of the word, by way of call or pursuit; to shout. [Usually written
2. To whoop, as in whooping cough. See Whoop.
Hooping cough. (Med.) See Whooping cough.
(Hoop), v. t. [Written also whoop.]
1. To drive or follow with a shout. "To be hooped out of Rome." Shak.
2. To call by a shout or peculiar cry.
1. A shout; a whoop, as in whooping cough.
2. (Zoöl.) The hoopoe. See Hoopoe.
(Hoop"er) n. [See 1st Hoop.] One who hoops casks or tubs; a cooper.
(Hoop"er) n. (Zoöl.) [So called from its note.] The European whistling, or wild, swan (Olor
cygnus); called also hooper swan, whooping swan, and elk.
(Hoop"oe Hoop"oo) , n. [So called from its cry; cf. L. upupa, Gr. D. hop, F. huppe; cf. also G.
wiedenhopf, OHG. wituhopfo, lit., wood hopper.] (Zoöl.) A European bird of the genus Upupa having a
beautiful crest, which it can erect or depress at pleasure. Called also hoop, whoop. The name is also
applied to several other species of the same genus and allied genera.
(Hoo"sier) n. A nickname given to an inhabitant of the State of Indiana. [U.S.]
(Hoot) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hooted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hooting.] [OE. hoten, houten, huten; cf.
OSw. huta, Sw. huta ut to take one up sharply, fr. Sw. hut interj., begone! cf. also W. hwt off! off
with it! away! hoot!]
1. To cry out or shout in contempt.
Matrons and girls shall hoot at thee no more.Dryden.
2. To make the peculiar cry of an owl.
The clamorous owl that nightly hoots.Shak.