[ hahyd-n-seek ]

  1. one of a variety of children's games in which, according to specified rules, one player gives the others a chance to hide and then attempts to find them.

Origin of hide-and-seek

First recorded in 1665–75
  • Also called hide-and-go-seek [hahyd-n-goh-seek]. /ˈhaɪd n goʊˈsik/.

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How to use hide-and-seek in a sentence

  • Miss Laura had trained us to do all kinds of things with balls jumping for them, playing hide-and-seek, and catching them.

    Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
  • There was a game of hide-and-seek on the lawn, and when the shrieks and laughter were subsiding, some one began to sing within.

    The Late Miss Hollingford | Rosa Mulholland
  • Her cheeks were pink and her dimples hard at work playing hide-and-seek with their own shadows, when she cranked the little car.

    The Camerons of Highboro | Beth B. Gilchrist

British Dictionary definitions for hide-and-seek


  1. a game in which one player covers his eyes and waits while the others hide, and then he tries to find them

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hide-and-seek


see play hide and seek.

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