Definition of hophead in English:

hophead

noun

informal
  • 1North American A drug addict.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And these plays are not attended by dole scroungers, Trotskyites, hopheads or peaceniks, but by the decent ordinary people of Galway.’
    • ‘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.’
    abuser, user
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  • 2Australian NZ A heavy drinker.

    • ‘Originally brewed hoppier and heavier to preserve it on voyage from Great Britain to India, IPA met with favor among hopheads the world around.’
    • ‘This beer is a winner with beer aficionados, especially hopheads who appreciate a hoppy beer that has at least a semblance of balance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's brewed by hopheads for hopheads!’
    • ‘Tröeg's newest brew, Nugget Nectar Ale, will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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)!’
    drinker, serious drinker, hard drinker, problem drinker, alcoholic
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Origin

Early 20th century: from hop + head.

Pronunciation

hophead

/ˈhɒphɛd/