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 The 1,700-square-foot restaurant in the Crossroads at Orenco Station development featured carhops and the chain’s signature footlong Coney Island hot dogs. oregonlive, "It isn’t just Keizer’s In-N-Out: Oregon’s history of food hysteria," 17 Dec. 2019 An irate customer at a Sonic Drive In along the Northwest Freeway is behind bars after allegedly causing $6,800 worth of damage when the carhops took too long to deliver his food, police say. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Sonic customer reportedly upset over order taking too long accused of damages digital menu, door," 15 July 2019 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

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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