Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A children's game in which players toss a small object into the numbered spaces of a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object.
  • intransitive v. To move in or as if in a series of irregular jumps: "hopscotching across dozens of new cable channels” ( Harry F. Waters).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A child's game, in which a player, hopping on one foot, drives a stone from one compartment to another of a figure traced or scotched on the ground.
  • v. To move by hopping.
  • v. To move back and forth between adjacent patterns by hopping.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A child's game, in which a player, hopping on one foot, drives a stone from one compartment to another of a figure traced or scotched on the ground; -- called also hoppers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A children's game in which the player, while hopping on one leg, drives a disk of stone or a fragment of tile with the foot from one compartment to another of an oblong figure traced or scotched (scored) on the ground, neither the stone nor the foot being allowed to rest on a line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game in which a child tosses a stone into an area drawn on the ground and then hops through it and back to regain the stone

Etymologies

hop1 + scotch1, a score, line.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
hop +‎ scotch (“scratch”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The asphalt was scarred with pools of black and white scorch marks, where the ARP people had used their stirrup pumps to smother the things; so Suzie played a kind of hopscotch, dodging between the little tail fins and what was left of the melted tubular casings and the burned-out thermite.

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  • There is baseball on the smooth pavement, or if one has a piece of chalk, he can lay out a kind of hopscotch -- not stretched out, for there isn't room, but rolled up like a jelly cake.

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  • Consider hula hooping, playing games such as hopscotch, Simon says, hide and seek, four square.

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  • Teach children how to get younger kids doing active things such as hopscotch, jump-rope, tag, hide-and-seek, kickball, T-ball, hula hoops or kite flying.

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  • AFP - US First lady Mitchelle Obama plays "hopscotch" during a meeting with students from the Make …

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  • US First lady Mitchelle Obama plays 'hopscotch' during an interaction with students from the

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  • Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images Michelle Obama played 'hopscotch' during an interaction with students from the Make A Difference NGO in Mumbai, Nov. 6.

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  • The Luftwaffe chief, badly injured, was hustled in a stretcher down the steps into Hitler's bunker, past the Goebbels children playing hopscotch.

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