car·​hop ˈkär-ˌhäp How to pronounce carhop (audio)
: one who serves customers at a drive-in restaurant

Examples of carhop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The no-frills, low-cost burger joint has two old-timey carhop locations — one on Northwest Highway and the other on Harry Hines Boulevard. Dallas News, 21 June 2022 At the carhop spots, cards are now used in about 45% of all sales, Keller said. Dallas News, 21 June 2022 At the original Keller’s, a carhop will bring your burger out. Dallas News, 3 Nov. 2022 The Tam, as its familiarly known, is celebrating the centenary all year long with whisky tastings, a carhop event with the Derby Dolls and a series of historical dinners like the evening celebrating the restaurant’s Hollywood connections. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 14 Nov. 2022 After Fritz Boehler died in 1928, grandsons Kenneth and Robert Kline took over management of the beer garden and added a drive-in, where the youngest brother, Aubrey Kline (1907-1982), worked as a carhop while attending St. Mary’s University. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Feb. 2022 Even when the pandemic forced a pivot to an old-fashioned carhop model in the spring of 2020, Gordy came to visit with customers outside. Jana Hollingsworth, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 The carhop has had something of a resurgence during the pandemic, with the elimination of dine-in and many more people eating in their cars. Lucas Kwan Peterson Food Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2021 In a message to the Free Press Wednesday, a representative from the Meeting Place said the Fenton restaurant was no longer offering dine-in service and would be switching to a carhop model. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


car + -hop (as in bellhop)

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carhop was in 1923

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“Carhop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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