geo·​cach·​ing | \ ˈjē-ō-ˌka-shiŋ How to pronounce geocaching (audio) \

Definition of geocaching

: a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of a cache of items which they search for with a GPS device

Other Words from geocaching

geocacher \ ˈjē-​ō-​ˌka-​shər How to pronounce geocaching (audio) \ noun

Examples of geocaching in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Draper speculated that the growth is related to the rise of geocaching — using GPS to hunt for typically small treasures — in the early 2000s. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 June 2022 January is wellness month, which sees a boost in office massages, yoga classes, meditation sessions, and geocaching outings. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 Camping, canoeing, fishing, mini golf, and geocaching are also available. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2022 Activities such as geocaching and cornhole can still be played outdoors in the winter if everyone dresses in warm layers. Matt Villano, CNN, 16 Dec. 2020 Outdoor adventures, like hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and geocaching, as well as ogling the massive canyon, have begun to draw out-of-towners. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2020 Now the city is getting into the geocaching craze, a craze that got its start on May 3, 2000 in Oregon. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2020 Campers can explore the area through scavenger hunts, geocaching, hiking and taking part in a daily photo challenge. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, 16 June 2020 Outdoor activities are still permitted, including bicycling, birding, boating, fishing, geocaching, hiking and hunting. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 15 May 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'geocaching.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of geocaching

2000, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About geocaching

Time Traveler for geocaching

Time Traveler

The first known use of geocaching was in 2000

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near geocaching




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for geocaching

Cite this Entry

“Geocaching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for geocaching


geo·​cach·​ing | \ ˈjē-ō-ˌka-shiŋ \

Kids Definition of geocaching

: a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of a cache of items which they search for with a GPS device


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!