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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Historical Examples of hide-and-seek

  • Never mind; let's play at hide-and-seek in the kitchen garden.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • It was like a game of hide-and-seek, and yet it was life at last.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • Don't you try any of your hide-and-seek on me; I don't get fooled any.

  • Now came on a singularly engrossing game of "hide-and-seek."

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

  • It was a charming evening, and ended up with hide-and-seek all over the castle.

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

British Dictionary definitions for hide-and-seek


US and Canadian hide-and-go-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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