a children's game in which a player tosses a small, flat object, as a stone, into one section after another of a figure drawn on the ground, hopping from section to section to pick up the object after each toss
Origin of hopscotchhop + scotch
to move or travel on an indirect course, making many stops
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 verbhop·scotched, hop·scotch·ing, hop·scotch·es
To move in or as if in a series of irregular jumps: “hopscotching across dozens of new cable channels” (Harry F. Waters).
Origin of hopscotchhop1 + scotch1, a score, line.
(third-person singular simple present hopscotches, present participle hopscotching, simple past and past participle hopscotched)