Monday, January 07, 2013

Difference between "jump", "hop", "skip" and "leap"

"Jump"is a action performed by pushing yourself off the ground using your feet.
  • The children were jumping up and down with excitement.

"Hop" is a quick jump or series of jumps.
  • We crossed the stream by hopping from one rock to another. 
  • I hopped on the bus at the traffic lights.

"Skip" is a small quick jump after each step.
  • She skipped happily down the path.

"Leap" is a large jump from one place to another.
  • The horse leaped the stone wall. 
  • We leapt over the stream.


  1. thank you.. i really need this to teach my year 1 pupils.. this is very useful..

  2. Thanks. I needed to know the difference.

  3. Now that was helpful, thanks a lot.
    I read about a hop being an action where only one foot is used. In contradiction a jump being a hop with the usage of two feet. What do you think about that?

  4. Hop (VERB) Ref:
    1. to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.
    2. to spring or leap on one foot.

    Based off these definitions I'd consider a hop as jump with some horizontal movement thrown in. If you are hopping but not moving I'd qualify it as "Hopping in place"


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