Definition of carhop in English:



North American
dated, informal
  • A waiter or waitress at a drive-in restaurant.

    • ‘By switching, in 1948, to what the McDonald brothers called ‘Speedee Service’ - which involved eliminating carhops, dishes, and the like - they were able to lower their costs, and thus the prices they charged.’
    • ‘It's still there today, like a 1950s postcard from California, with carhops still taking curb-side orders for burgers, fries and those heavenly chilled mugs of root beer.’
    • ‘Long before there were fast-food drive-thrus, there were carhops slinging chili dogs and orange shakes at The Varsity, which opened in 1928 and now has four locations around town.’
    • ‘At this joint, customers pulled up under the long awning stretched across the parking lot and waited for one of the carhops to come out and take the order.’
    server, waitress, stewardess, steward, attendant
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