ˈhaf-ˌpīp How to pronounce half-pipe (audio)
: a U-shaped high-sided ramp or runway used especially in snowboarding, skateboarding, or in-line skating

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After their short performance, that also featured a skateboarder rolling across a mini half-pipe, Chris Aronson crawled out of one of those makeshift sewers carrying a pizza box. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2023 This spring, Aquatica will open Turi’s Kid Cove, which includes Tamariki Twirl, a kid-sized half-pipe ride. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2023 The run, which is above the treeline, is considered a black diamond likely because of its steep walls—it’s shaped like a curved half-pipe. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-pipe was in 1978

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“Half-pipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-pipe. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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