Definition of hopscotch in English:

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hopscotch

Pronunciation: /ˈhɒpskɒtʃ/

noun

[mass noun]
A children’s game in which each child by turn hops into and over squares marked on the ground to retrieve a marker thrown into one of these squares.
Example sentences
  • Children enjoy playing games such as hopscotch and hide-and-seek.
  • The purpose of this event - which involved another 50 children - was to see if they would still play traditional street games like hopscotch in the absence of cars and traffic.
  • As a youngster I would run screaming if any of my playmates were sick after eating too much ice-cream before a particularly vigorous game of hopscotch.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] North American
Travel from place to place: they hopscotched around eight Western states
More example sentences
  • You'll notice that since yesterday, the heliborne troops of the 101AB have moved far north of yesterday's position, hopscotching in their helicopters from one base to the next.
  • Developments are hopscotching out to the cheapest land.
  • After hopscotching from event to event in Nashua I found a T-Mobile hotspot at a Borders Books in town and jotted down the events in the post below.

Origin

Early 19th century: from hop1 + scotch1.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: hop|scotch

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