1. (US/N.Z.) a drunkard or a beer-drinker; an alcoholic.
|S.F. Call 21 Sept. 11/2: Until there is some way of raising campaign funds ‘de push’ — ‘stew bums,’ ‘hopheads’ and all — will have to go dry .|
|Disinherited 232: Don’t let that hophead feed you bull. He’s full of smoke.|
|Cunninghams (1986) 166: It’s Betty that can’t hold the liquor, isn’t it? She’s a real lily of a hophead.|
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 31: A terror for the grog, my old woman, a real hophead.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 23: According to the newspapers, at least twenty of these dirty hopheads snatched two teenage girls, aged fourteen and fifteen, away from their terrified dates.|
|Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 160: Hop-head Usually a beer-drunk.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 58/2: hophead drunkard and/or crazy person.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
2. (N.Z.) a wild, eccentric person.
|see sense 1.|
3. (US) a German-American.
|Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 160: Hop-head [...] Sometimes applied indiscriminately to persons of German background, referring to the German fondness for beer.|
|Maledicta VII 27: Germans, probably only in this century, rarely were called hop head, not from dope but from the hops in German beer.|