This page is about the slang term hoops

American English


the game of basketball

For example

  • Every day after work I hook up with my friends down at the court and we shoot some hoops.

  • My little bro' practices hoops every day after school. He wants to be an NBA star.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If someone says "We gotta shoot some hoops, my man", it means they want to

a. play hopscotch

b. play basketball

c. go duck shooting
a) play hopscotch b) play basketball c) go duck shooting

See Slang of the Day today

Contributor: Matt Errey