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 series centers on three child superheroes whose mission in life alternates between going to school, fighting crime, playing hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. Carson Burton, Variety, 18 July 2022 The small cafe, housed in a former gas station, is decorated with plants potted in Café Bustelo coffee cans, a hopscotch diagram drawn in front by a 10-year-old and a painting of a Puerto Rican flag. Jonmaesha Beltran, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2022 Hamlet leaping around the stage like a child playing hopscotch, or the chorus lined up and facing forward, rigid as automatons. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Draw creative designs or use the chalk to play games such as tic-tac-toe or hopscotch. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 The Spurs are hoping to turn a two-night trip to the Big Easy into a week-plus hopscotch across the country ending in a return to the full-fledged NBA postseason for the first time since 2019. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2022 Punch lines have included everything from the driver skipping down a chalked hopscotch grid to getting violently attacked by the customer’s loose dogs. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Other new additions are tether ball courts, a hopscotch area — or fitness walk — and racing lanes for children. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Justin Vivian Bond, this exuberant, irreverent game of genre hopscotch tickled the tears out of audiences at its St. Ann’s Warehouse premiere in September. Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With international travel back in full swing, the viruses will get that many more chances to hopscotch across borders and ignite an outbreak. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2022 The hunt for answers in countries thousands of miles apart shows how viruses can hopscotch across the globe. Robin Fields, ProPublica, 29 July 2022 Spain, Italy, and Greece also endured major wildfires, and in London, a series of grass fires erupted around the capital Tuesday afternoon, burning several homes — an ominous sign that the destruction could hopscotch the English Channel. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 Spain, Italy and Greece also endured major wildfires, and in London, a series of grass fires erupted around the capital on Tuesday afternoon, burning several homes — an ominous sign that the destruction could hopscotch the English Channel. New York Times, 19 July 2022 Over the course of its 1,500-year lifetime, the snag Garrett is standing under has seen 100 or so smaller fires, fires that an elk could comfortably graze near or that a person could hopscotch over. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, 13 July 2022 Their control of tone is unnervingly magnificent, with scenes that freely hopscotch from outlandish action extravaganza to intensive up-close psychodrama and goofy farce. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 27 June 2022 To work there, the researchers buried barrels of fuel along the snowy coastline, creating makeshift depots that a helicopter could hopscotch between. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 16 June 2022 That strategy helped Delta rapidly outstrip several of its wilier but more sluggish competitors and hopscotch across the globe. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Aug. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopscotch. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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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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