bumper car


: a small electric car made to be driven around in an enclosure and to be bumped into others (as at an amusement park)

Examples of bumper car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On offer will be a mix of themed physical and immersive multi-media experiences, interactive installations, attractions and dining options including escape rooms, VR and bumper cars as well as bars and restaurants. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Zombieland lovers will have two options to explore at the entertainment destination, beginning with a creative spin on bumper cars, in which one car is selected as Patient Zero, and the others must avoid getting bumped to remain uninfected and stave off a fate as a zombie. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 There are ghoulish clowns galore and several jump scares as visitors make their way through a circus maze, haunted house and the ride repair shop, plus more hands-on sections like walking through 3-D bumper cars and crossing through a tunnel on a swinging platform. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2023 On the midway, children rode fan favorites Pharaoh’s Fury bumper cars, wended their way through the fun house and played games for prizes and in between. Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, 16 July 2023 Summer Concerts at Glen Echo Park The pavilion where bumper cars once crashed into one another is now home to much more graceful movements on summer evenings. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 15 June 2023 Included in the festivities are carnival rides, bumper cars, games of chance, children’s games, food concessions, and a Ferris wheel. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 30 May 2023 The rides included Grand Carousel, Skyride, Log Flume, Dodgem bumper cars, Turnpike, Galaxi (as Bavarian Beetle), Cuddle Up, Scrambler, Monster, Rotor, Tumble Bug, Kikki Kangaroo and Motor Mouse. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2023 Many also offer additional attractions like mini golf, bumper cars, obstacle courses, laser tag and climbing walls. Nicole Johnson, Good Housekeeping, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bumper car was in 1938

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“Bumper car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumper%20car. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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bumper car

: a small electric car made to be driven around in an enclosure and to be bumped into others (as in an amusement park)
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