monkey bars

plural noun

Definition of monkey bars

: a three-dimensional framework of horizontal and vertical bars from which children can hang and swing

Examples of monkey bars in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What made swing sets and monkey bars more dangerous than tennis courts, golf courses, beaches, skate parks and hiking trails, which all remained open? Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Playgrounds reopen, to parents’ relief," 10 Dec. 2020 While children’s jungle gyms and monkey bars have been deemed too dangerous, tennis courts, golf courses, beaches, skate parks and hiking trails are still open. Los Angeles Times, "Angry parents won’t let officials slide over closed playgrounds, packed malls," 3 Dec. 2020 With racing slides and a small bouldering wall for little scramblers, this at-home playground also offers tots a cool clubhouse to hide out in and monkey bars for swinging from. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save big on home improvements during The Home Depot’s early Black Friday sale," 6 Nov. 2020 Design covers all the playground basics, like monkey bars, a fireman's pole, and three swings. Sian Babish,, "The best swing set of 2020," 22 Sep. 2020 Middle-of-the-road swing sets incorporate other pieces of popular playground equipment, such as monkey bars, slides, trapeze bars, or handlebars. Sian Babish,, "The best swing set of 2020," 22 Sep. 2020 The course features a cargo net, climbing ropes, a rope ladder and monkey bars, among other obstacles. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A giant adult playground': This new Glendale gym owned by a lifelong athlete has a ninja rig and an '80s-themed class," 15 Sep. 2020 My daughter wanted to go to her usual monkey bars in the park up the block. Marie Holmes, Good Housekeeping, "Creating a Quarantine "Pod" With Another Family Has Kept Me Sane," 5 June 2020 Those in charge of cleaning school facilities should focus on cleaning high-contact surfaces like monkey bars and railings. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's what to know about your kid's school's cleaning procedures," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of monkey bars

1929, in the meaning defined above

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25 Dec 2020

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“Monkey bars.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monkey bars

US : a frame of bars that children can play on by climbing and by swinging from one bar to the next one in the way that monkeys in a tree swing from branch to branch

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