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 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, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 30 July 2020 There were endless hands of cards and games of hopscotch and freeze tag on the terrace. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "The 17-member family that lived together, ate together and got coronavirus together," 5 July 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, "Fun things to do in July in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 2 July 2020 Bag recipients are encouraged to use the items to play traditional games such as hopscotch, Frisbee tag and relay races, or make up their own activities. Megan Becka, cleveland, "City of Akron, Akron Children’s Hospital to launch youth wellness program in July," 29 June 2020 But what sticks out the most is the eerie quiet of a place once packed with rambunctious kids playing tag, hopscotch, and jump rope. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards," 10 May 2020 This list of fitness resources includes three-minute dance videos, online yoga, ideas for games like hopscotch and indoor balloon volleyball, fitness card games, online youth sports performance videos and much more. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "The ultimate parents’ guide to education and activity resources," 28 Apr. 2020 The dialogue hopscotches among Yiddish, English and German; the scenes among the Hasidim are essentially period pieces, meticulously designed and costumed. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Unorthodox,’ a Stunning Escape From Brooklyn," 25 Mar. 2020 Around the world, children have learned to swap their hopscotch, jump rope and basketball for scavenger hunts using windows. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy Deemed ‘Essential Workers’ in New Zealand," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s a backpack on another, a pair of basketball players and hopscotch squares in the distance. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Hoosier Micah Johnson finds voice as an artist," 25 June 2020 Contesting small states Candidates hopscotched across smaller states in a search for delegates where traffic was lighter. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'Not over yet': Biden-Sanders on Super Tuesday collision course as biggest trove of delegates awaits," 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, "Coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 globally," 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, "Coronavirus Testing Hampered by Disarray, Shortages, Backlogs," 19 Apr. 2020 The top four candidates already have been hopscotching from big Texas city to the next. Johnathan Tilove, USA TODAY, "Candidates flock to delegate-rich Texas with Super Tuesday around the corner," 2 Mar. 2020 The top four candidates have been hopscotching from one big Texas city to the next. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Elections newsletter: Super Tuesday, lost 'Klomentum' and the agony of Michigan's Democrat," 3 Mar. 2020 The novel coronavirus has quickly hopscotched from a food market in China around the world, to small towns in northern Italy and a major pilgrimage site in Iran. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Why Coronavirus Spreads So Fast: Symptoms Are Mild and People Are Global," 27 Feb. 2020 The fire nearly doubled in size Sunday despite the numerous air tankers, dozens of bulldozers and more than 350 engine crews hopscotching across the region in an effort to get the upper hand. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Kincade Fire won’t let up — homes burn as flames rage toward areas hit by 2017 disaster," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of hopscotch was in 1801

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Last Updated

4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hopscotch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopscotch. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for hopscotch

hopscotch

noun
How to pronounce hopscotch (audio)

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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