car·​hop | \ ˈkär-ˌhäp How to pronounce carhop (audio) \

Definition of carhop

: one who serves customers at a drive-in restaurant

Examples of carhop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Customers can then choose between accessing the Broadway’s menu online from their phone, or using a laminated card with a QR code on it that a carhop delivers to their window. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2020 But there's something else that has brought them here: the revival of Mel’s carhop service, a once prominent part of its offerings when Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs opened the California restaurant chain’s original location back in 1947. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2020 Locally, Steer-In, 5130 E. 10th St., added carhop service in April, no apps required. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2020 Hiring details: Sonic is hiring about 280 employees in the Phoenix area including carhops, cooks and general managers for both full and part-time positions. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, 18 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of carhop

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carhop

car + -hop (as in bellhop)

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“Carhop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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