from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A game in which one player kneels or bends over while the next in line leaps over him or her.
  • intransitive verb To jump over (someone) in leapfrog.
  • intransitive verb To advance or progress beyond (a competitor or an obstacle, for example) in dramatic fashion.
  • intransitive verb To advance (two military units) by engaging one with the enemy while moving the other to a position forward of the first unit.
  • intransitive verb To move forward in leapfrog.
  • intransitive verb To move or progress in a discontinuous way.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A boys' game in which one player places his hands on the back or shoulders of another who has assumed a stooping posture, and leaps or vaults over his head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A play among boys, in which one stoops down and another leaps over him by placing his hands on the shoulders of the former.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun games A children's game in which players vault over each other's stooped backs.
  • verb transitive To jump over some obstacle as in leapfrog.
  • verb transitive To overtake
  • verb transitive (military) To advance by engaging enemy with one unit while the other moves further forward.
  • verb intransitive To progress as in leapfrog.

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

  • noun advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
  • verb progress by large jumps instead of small increments
  • verb jump across
  • noun a game in which one child bends down and another leaps over


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  • The game was well-known in Shakespeare's day, but he was the first to call it by its current name.

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