jump rope


jump rope

noun

: a rope used in exercise or a children's game that involves jumping over it when it is swung near the ground

: the game of jumping over a jump rope

Full Definition of JUMP ROPE

:  a rope used for exercises and children's games that involve jumping over the usually twirling rope each time it reaches its lowest point; also :  a game played with a jump rope

First Known Use of JUMP ROPE

1834

jump rope

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Children's game in which players hold a rope (jump rope) at each end and twirl it in a circle, while one or more players jump over it each time it reaches its lowest point. Dating from the 19th century, it is traditionally a girl's sidewalk or playground game that usually involves the chanting of a counting rhyme (e.g., “One, two, touch my shoe”). There are many types of jumps, including single, double, and backward; in “double Dutch,” two ropes are twirled simultaneously in opposite directions. Single-rope jumping, or rope skipping, is popular with boxers to develop the lungs and legs and improve coordination and footwork.

Variants of JUMP ROPE

jump rope or skip rope

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