hopscotch

noun
hop·​scotch | \ ˈhäp-ˌskäch How to pronounce hopscotch (audio) \

Definition of hopscotch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a child's game in which a player tosses an object (such as a stone) into areas of a figure outlined on the ground and hops through the figure and back to regain the object

hopscotch

verb
hopscotched; hopscotching; hopscotches

Definition of hopscotch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move as if by hopping hopscotched across Europe

Examples of hopscotch in a Sentence

Verb

The tour hopscotched from city to city. We hopscotched across the country.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The cheery sight reminded Manasseh of watching Grant’s three children play hopscotch on chalk drawings and getting face paintings with their mother, who never let them out of her sight. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Mothers Against Senseless Killings reclaims corner where 2 women were shot dead: ‘Spraying bullets on indefensible women is total cowardice’," 29 July 2019 Kids young and old can join in the variety of games including hopscotch, croquet and kid’s fishing. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: Taneytown History Museum to celebrate 15th birthday, display toy soldier flag," 24 July 2019 The North Building features fish and turtles, and the playground at the heart of the park is a huge hit with a giant chess gameboard, hopscotch and plenty more. Brian Sodoma, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There’s something for everyone at the Wisconsin State Fair," 11 July 2019 Two girls played hopscotch at the entrance to a park, and children’s voices rang through the greenery. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 In our neighborhood, kids played stoop ball, hopscotch and stickball, with a broomstick. Marc Myers, WSJ, "How Dionne Warwick Fought to Be Heard," 7 Aug. 2018 The Downtown Naperville Alliance is already scouting out a location to put down another hopscotch sticker, Wood said. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Sidewalk hopscotch adds a little fun to downtown Naperville, officials say," 12 July 2018 In addition, the playground features PVC pipe instruments and hopscotch. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Young At Art opens new early childhood playground," 3 July 2018 At least one hallway has hopscotch grid carpet, and a lime green wall near the building's entrance is decorated with shiny metallic silhouettes of cows . Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Saltwater pool, gym, dog spa: Tour downtown KC's new Crossroads Westside Apartments," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In downtown Ridgecrest, firefighters battled the raging flames on a home, preventing them from hopscotching to other houses in the residential area. Paul Vercammen, CNN, "Patients wheeled out of a hospital, some still hooked to IVs, after earthquake hits," 6 July 2019 In fairness, for all of its exploding rats, this genre-hopscotching epic had to give us something sweet. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Did This One Character Completely Alter the Stranger Things Season 3 Ending? People Seem Pretty Convinced," 5 July 2019 Svensson, the Swedish midfielder, has since hopscotched to clubs in Sweden, China and the United States and is now preparing with his teammates for a round of 16 World Cup game against Switzerland, on Tuesday. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Stuck in Soccer Limbo, in the Shadow of the World Cup," 2 July 2018 Pedro O’ConnorEpic Private JourneysHe’s planned private jet adventures that hopscotch the country and led scuba divers to the Great Barrier Reef. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The university now has about 450 employees dedicated full-time to raising money, and Nikias regularly hopscotched the globe to court alumni, parents and other potential donors, sometimes in the company of the school's marching band. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down," 26 May 2018 Advertisement For 16 years, Carissa Carpenter has peddled her glitzy dream of building a massive movie studio in the rural reaches of Northern California, hopscotching from town to town in search of the ideal location. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Curtains for Carissa Carpenter: She pleads guilty in Dixon movie studio scheme," 12 July 2018 The university now has about 450 employees dedicated full-time to raising money, and Nikias regularly hopscotched the globe to court alumni, parents and other potential donors, sometimes in the company of the school’s marching band. Anchorage Daily News, "USC president to step down amid growing outrage over scandals," 26 May 2018 For more than a week, the mock battles spanned day and night, hopscotching the length of NATO’s eastern flank. Laura King, latimes.com, "Poland sees opportunity and peril in NATO summit and Trump-Putin meeting," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of hopscotch

Noun

1801, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hopscotch

Noun

hop entry 1 + scotch entry 2 (line, score)

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hopscotch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hopscotch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a child's game in which players hop through a series of squares drawn on the ground

hopscotch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hopscotch (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : to move from one place to another

hopscotch

noun
hop·​scotch | \ ˈhäp-ˌskäch How to pronounce hopscotch (audio) \

Kids Definition of hopscotch

: a game in which a player tosses a stone into sections of a figure drawn on the ground and hops through the figure and back to pick up the stone

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