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

Definition of carhop

: one who serves customers at a drive-in restaurant

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The carhop-style burger chain opened in 1953 as a root-beer stand in Shawnee, Okla., and now is the country’s largest drive-in chain, with 3,500 restaurants in 44 states. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Arby’s Parent to Buy Sonic for $2.3 Billion," 25 Sep. 2018 Being Dallas, where good weather is frequent, the former Sonic carhop area is now a large outdoor dining patio. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 Judy Eddingfield began as a carhop at Winstead's on the Country Club Plaza in 1965 just before her 16th birthday....on Monday, Eddingfield has worked the tables and counters of the Kansas City hamburger restaurant for 50 years. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Thrillist says this KC diner is one of the '21 Best' in America | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018 One of those was Deane Hlavaty (no relation to this reporter), who at 17 years old became a star carhop at the South Main location. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Prince's Hamburgers has closed its last location in Houston but a revival is near," 2 Feb. 2018 At the time, fast-food restaurants typically had carhops bring orders to a customer’s car. Robert D. Hershey Jr., New York Times, "David Edgerton, a Founder of Burger King, Is Dead at 90," 16 Apr. 2018 Older Houstonians no doubt have fond memories of the chain which was popular for its swift carhops, who became local celebrities in their own right. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Prince's Hamburgers has closed its last location in Houston but a revival is near," 2 Feb. 2018 Joliet: Ace Drive-In, an institution since 1949 complete with carhops and where poorboys and double steak burgers rule, at 1207 Plainfield Road; Deejay; 815-726-7741; Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Cruisin' for a cause," 7 June 2017 Alyssa worked as a carhop at the Sonic Drive-In in town, according to her Facebook profile. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "For Family of Times Square Crash Victim, ‘Nothing Is Safe Anymore’," 19 May 2017

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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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