Etymology
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hopper (n.1)

"person or animal that hops," mid-13c., agent noun from hop (v.). From c. 1200 as a surname, and perhaps existing in Old English (which had hoppestre "female dancer").

hopper (n.2)

"container with a narrow opening at the bottom," late 13c., probably an agent noun from hop (v.1) via the notion of the grain juggling in a mill hopper or the mechanism itself, which was set to operate with a shaking motion. Railroad hopper-car is from 1862.

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Definitions of hopper

hopper (n.)
funnel-shaped receptacle; contents pass by gravity into a receptacle below;
hopper (n.)
someone who hops;
at hopscotch, the best hoppers are the children
hopper (n.)
a machine used for picking hops;
Synonyms: hop-picker
hopper (n.)
terrestrial plant-eating insect with hind legs adapted for leaping;
Synonyms: grasshopper
hopper (n.)
(baseball) a hit that travels along the ground;
Synonyms: grounder / ground ball / groundball
From wordnet.princeton.edu