: a children's game in which one player does not look while others hide and then goes to find them

Examples of hide-and-seek in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of people in China are playing games of hide-and-seek with strangers, with a digital twist, according to MIT Technology Review. David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Mariano spoke of playing hide-and-seek, gardening, chess matches, the terrible haircuts Feinstein insisted on giving her — and, of course, the first-hand lessons in San Francisco history. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Cosmic Kick the Can, a light-up variation on the classic hide-and-seek game, is nominated in the Toy of the Year Awards. Shannon Sollitt, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 During the practical course, student teams develop solutions for a hide-and-seek challenge in which mobile robots (Boston Dynamics Spot, ANYbotics ANYmal, Clearpath Robotics Husky) must autonomously hide and find each other. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Sep. 2023 The structure is replete with both low-level nooks-and-crannies for hide-and-seek and strategically placed boulders and ropes for adventurous climbers to scramble to the top. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2023 Finding her brave can still be a game of hide-and-seek, Lloyd said. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Aug. 2023 Bed bugs are resilient little jerks who play the world's worst game of hide-and-seek. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2023 He was also seen hanging out in Oscar’s trash can and playing hide-and-seek with Elmo. Kara Warner, Peoplemag, 10 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hide-and-seek was circa 1727

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“Hide-and-seek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hide-and-seek. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a game in which everyone hides from one player who tries to find them

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