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


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 Usually garrulous, Mediate was silent as Woods stroked his putt, the ball taking hops across the bumpy surface, traveling at a hopscotch cadence that seemed certain to send the putt offline. New York Times, 17 June 2021 To get into any plot details past this point is to play hopscotch in a minefield. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 The Step Original Circuit Size Aerobic Platform ($48.29, originally $69.99; amazon.com) 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 In the 30-second spot, a young girl is sitting in front of her house, drawing a hopscotch course with chalk. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2021 Patel said the troop will return in the spring to add lettering, put in a hopscotch court and do some painting on the walkway. cleveland, 19 Feb. 2021 The first graders of Escalante Elementary School lined up Monday along the yellow hopscotch grids painted on the sidewalk. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Jan. 2021 The nonprofit also listed ideas for families to draw such as a voting calendar, voting hopscotch and messages to vote early. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2020 The museum will have games, including horseshoes, bingo and hopscotch, plus there’ll be scavenger hunts, chalk for drawings, coloring sheets, word searches and more. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Having defined freedom mainly in its absence, Menand feels free to hopscotch through his favorite parts of midcentury mass high culture — painting, literature, the avant gardes — without concern for coherence or connection. Andy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 One class with just three students played hopscotch six feet apart. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 In sharp contrast, today’s downtown is becoming a place where residents, workers and visitors can hopscotch — park to park — from one end to the other. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2020 There’s a backpack on another, a pair of basketball players and hopscotch squares in the distance. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 25 June 2020 Contesting small states Candidates hopscotched across smaller states in a search for delegates where traffic was lighter. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2020 The efforts were successful in slowing the spread locally, but the virus had also begun stealthily hopscotching around the globe, with particularly devastating consequences in Italy, Spain and Iran. Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2020 At the White House, responsibility for the nationwide testing problems hopscotched from official to official in February and March. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2020 The top four candidates already have been hopscotching from big Texas city to the next. Johnathan Tilove, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hopscotch


1801, in the meaning defined above


1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hopscotch


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

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“Hopscotch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopscotch. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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



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

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


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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