double Dutch


: unintelligible language
: the jumping of two jump ropes rotating in opposite directions simultaneously

Examples of double Dutch in a Sentence

The girls were playing double Dutch on the sidewalk. the fast-talking con man spouts some double Dutch, and it is only afterwards that the victim realizes that he's given two twenties for a ten
Recent Examples on the Web Being Black is a birthright privilege, and a rite of passage, like learning how to parallel park or double Dutch. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 3 June 2024 The group mixes in some hula-hooping, African hopscotching and line dancing, but double Dutch is the core. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 26 July 2023 Around noon, just north of the White House, scores of people flocked to Black Lives Matter Plaza to eat, dance and double Dutch. Samantha Latson, Washington Post, 19 June 2023 Tamron has done things like crushed double Dutch and boxed with Creed 3 star Jonathan Majors on camera. Korin Miller, Women's Health, 11 May 2023 Rent paddleboats, check out performers on multiple stages, try crafting, play double Dutch, experiment with interactive art, or hang out in the beer and wine garden. Michael J. West, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023 The Step Original Circuit Size Aerobic Platform ($48.29, originally $69.99; Remember those childhood afternoons playing hopscotch, racing each other across the playground and trying your luck at double Dutch? Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, 25 Mar. 2021 That Black people frolic, double Dutch, swim and roller-skate – and that’s all a revolutionary act too. Osahon Akpata, Essence, 26 May 2022 As old school music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s played in the background, the women gathered jump ropes and began doing double Dutch. Janice Neumann,, 9 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of double Dutch was in 1876

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“Double Dutch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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