Definition of hophead in English:



  • 1North American A drug addict.

    • ‘The outside threat to the paper towel roll pipe proceedings gets us cheering for the hopheads, hoping that they defeat those who would harsh our buzz.’
    • ‘As far as I know our inward mail has been lost only once - when the delivery postman was robbed in broad daylight and his mailbag stolen by hopheads.’
    • ‘We looked on the hopheads, crooks and gunsels and on their bawdy ladies as members of a family among whom we were privileged to move.’
    • ‘Our friend Lieutenant Doncaster looked at the two hopheads, looked at me and knew right away I wasn't the Knightmare.’
    • ‘And these plays are not attended by dole scroungers, Trotskyites, hopheads or peaceniks, but by the decent ordinary people of Galway.’
    abuser, user
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  • 2Australian NZ A heavy drinker.

    • ‘Tröeg's newest brew, Nugget Nectar Ale, will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops.’
    • ‘It's brewed by hopheads for hopheads!’
    • ‘Grossman's Christmas present, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, is a holiday favorite among hopheads and is one of the standouts of The News Tribune's Brew Crew Winter Beer Tasting.’
    • ‘This beer is a winner with beer aficionados, especially hopheads who appreciate a hoppy beer that has at least a semblance of balance.’
    • ‘This is one of my favorite beers - for true hopheads only.’
    • ‘Could lupilin be responsible for the hordes of passionate hopheads that seek ever-higher levels of hops in their IPAs?’
    • ‘Be sure to taste the offerings from Delaware's Dogfish Head; if Barmalops, the god of beer, favors us, Randall the Enamel Animal will make an appearance (hopheads take note)!’
    • ‘I've heard that this stuff is incredible… at least for us hopheads.’
    • ‘All the hopheads are going to go nuts for this one.’
    • ‘Just like many homebrewers, the folks at Sierra Nevada are true hopheads, and no one has ever accused them of being stingy with the hops.’
    • ‘Originally brewed hoppier and heavier to preserve it on voyage from Great Britain to India, IPA met with favor among hopheads the world around.’
    drinker, serious drinker, hard drinker, problem drinker, alcoholic
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Early 20th century: from hop + head.