hop·​scotch | \ˈhäp-ˌskäch \

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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In particular, Andre’s verses brim over with aphoristic sagacity and imagery that time-travels you back to his youth in Atlanta, delivered in distinct flows that drift and, later, snaps from bar to bar like hopscotch. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Greatest Deep Cuts of 1998: Critics' Picks," 31 May 2018 Set up a relay course around trees, pair up for three-legged races, or draw out a hopscotch court on the pavement. Amy Roberts, Good Housekeeping, "3 Cheap Ways to Have Fun on the Holiday Weekend," 25 May 2011 One bird twists his way up and down as if playing a game of hopscotch on the branch. Mark Johanson, chicagotribune.com, "Paradise takes many forms on this Indonesian archipelago," 23 Mar. 2018 Davies’ Roxy gig kicked off a 16-date U.S. hopscotch that will run through late April. Fred Schruers, Billboard, "Dave Davies Hits the Road with Kinks Classics, Addresses Reunion Rumors: 'I'm Going Back to Discuss'," 16 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The Alpine fire hopscotched through parched canyons, destroying 20 structures and scorching more than 400 acres, officials said. Andrea Castillo And John Wilkens, Anchorage Daily News, "California city devastated by brush fire as record heat burns a path of destruction," 7 July 2018 The developer of privacy cases for iPhones has been hopscotching around the San Antonio area over the past year — even operating in a Monte Vista house for a short time in possible violation of the city’s zoning code. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Troubled tech startup Vysk seems to have gone stealth," 23 June 2018 By hopscotching hut to hut, a hiker or skier can complete a 50-mile jaunt at Hatcher Pass through some remarkable terrain. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Proposed cabin in Hatcher Pass backcountry would boost hiking options," 16 May 2017

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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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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)

: to move from one place to another


hop·​scotch | \ˈhäp-ˌskäch \

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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