Definition of geocaching in English:



  • [mass noun] An activity or pastime in which an item, or a container holding a number of items, is hidden at a particular location for GPS users to find by means of coordinates posted on the Internet.

    • ‘Yesterday, my friend Alistair introduced me to geocaching - a treasure-hunt sort of game where people stash containers with goodies in them in odd locations, which you can only find with a GPS receiver and some skill.’
    • ‘As an outdoor activity, then the pursuit of the moment is geocaching.’
    • ‘More than 50,000 of these peculiar prizes are stashed around the world by devotees of a high-tech treasure hunt called geocaching or GPS stashing.’
    • ‘‘We consider geocaching to be incompatible with the wildlife refuge mission,’ he says.’
    • ‘It might not mean much to the bemused passers-by, but in the sport of geocaching this little baby represents treasure.’
    • ‘They are taking part in a sport called geocaching, which is played around the world by a small number of enthusiasts, via the Internet.’
    • ‘In this instance I also had GPS unit in hand, taking my first faltering steps toward participating in geocaching.’
    • ‘Yestreday, in order to take advantage of the good weather, I decided to put in a bit of geocaching.’
    • ‘It's a must-have for the new sport of geocaching - a high-tech treasure hunt in which you're given a latitude and longitude to help you find a hidden stash.’
    • ‘Anyone want to take bets on when the first article will come out that somehow describes geocaching as a dangerous ‘underground’ activity?’
    • ‘The rules of geocaching are very simple.’
    • ‘In the meantime we will be meeting up for the odd swim or walk or a bit of geocaching all of which will give us both some much needed exercise.’
    • ‘Whilst I can't deny the fact that the GPS was a bit of a ‘comfort buy’, I wanted one to use for trying geocaching, a sort of modern day treasure hunt.’
    • ‘For a while, there was also an interest in geocaching, but there's a limited range of emotion you can express through a GPS and hiking boots.’
    • ‘I did quite a bit of geocaching today which mainly entailed being blown all over the place and getting soaking wet feet.’
    • ‘That's the first bit of geocaching I've done in ages and it was great.’
    • ‘Part scavenger hunt, part day hiking, and part map reading add up to a pretty good description of geocaching.’
    • ‘You'll find more trinkets than actual treasures at these sites, said the organization's founder, who got into geocaching about a year ago.’
    • ‘The testament this represents to the pervasiveness of geocaching is best understood when one considers that this tiny rural town is an hour away from the closest highway.’
    • ‘New to me is geocaching, a fairly new outdoor activity, becoming popular four years ago when the federal government unscrambled data streaming from the global satellite system.’


Early 21st century: from geo- + cache.