1. (drugs) addicted to a narcotic drug, usu. opium or heroin; pertaining to that addiction.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 46: Hophead Hank has a dream.in Zwilling|
|Amer. Mag. 77 June 31–5: In the underworld there is a species of foresight termed ‘hop-head hunches.’ They are regarded with superstitious awe the country over.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 36: [He] knew just how Hophead Hank must have felt when he saw fields of poppies.‘Charlie the Wolf’ in|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 277: Beno, a hophead newsie who had given me a tip now and then.‘The Big Knockover’|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 28 Dec. 9/5: What the Americans would call a hop-head idea — an opium smoker’s pipe dream.|
|Black Metropolis 567: With a hophead daddy and a booze houn’ mammy. How he ever gonna be a doctah?|
|Gaily, Gaily 86: Jim put twenty-two affiliated whorehouses into action, all stocked with evening-gowned lassies, hop-headed pimps, and pale piano players.|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 162: The kid was down from some steeltown, looking for his hophead sister.|
|Everybody Smokes in Hell 4: He moved in a hophead/dope fiend slow dance.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood’s a Rover 21: You make your hophead pal keep buying our hotels.|
2. as a general insult, implying mental deficiency.
|(con. 1943–5) To Hell and Back (1950) 134: Don’t talk like that to me, you hop-headed goon.’.|