Definition of schoolyard in US English:



North American
  • The grounds of a school, especially as a place for children to play.

    ‘that schoolyard full of kids’
    as modifier ‘the schoolyard bully’
    • ‘Then just fast-forward a little bit going to school and all the neuroses that the kids have been taught to have are brought into the schoolyard, and the kids start coming down on one another.’
    • ‘But I don't respond well to threats, and I was not going to let this schoolyard bully intimidate me.’
    • ‘And as far as the epithets, and language, and everything else, you could hear that in any schoolyard.’
    • ‘I remember I was shooting baskets in the old elementary schoolyard.’
    • ‘They should be protected from parents who pass along prejudices that lead to schoolyard bullying and, later in life, hate crimes.’
    • ‘However, on the whole, it doesn't sound all that different from regular, everyday schoolyard bullying, and I doubt that's ever going to stop.’
    • ‘Despite hours frittered away watching the tube, playing video games and surfing the Internet, the majority of kids are still finding time to head out to the local park or schoolyard.’
    • ‘The timidity of the boy afraid to fight, a common object of scorn for schoolyard bullies, was recast as a clinical pathology.’
    • ‘Most of the other schools were surrounded with fields of neatly clipped grass, but Lincoln's schoolyard was covered with stone, tiny black cinders that stung the flesh in a fall.’
    • ‘The natural, unsophisticated beauty of wildflowers in full bloom in spring and fascinating autumnal-tinted leaves in the schoolyards reminded us of the warm love of our mothers.’
    • ‘We would punish him, with really typical schoolyard bullying.’
    • ‘The media should focus more attention on how to improve the taxpayer-financed public school system and how to reduce bullying and schoolyard violence.’
    • ‘Their beloved son was beaten at school each day for refusing to fight the schoolyard bigots and bullies.’
    • ‘The fish itself was a big bruiser of a portion that looked like it bullied everyone in the schoolyard.’
    • ‘Tromping over to the side of the schoolyards, the kid leaned against a tree and folded his arms, scanning the terrain for prey.’
    • ‘When screaming schoolyard bullies act up, the teacher often isolates them in a corner, forcing them to reflect upon their actions.’
    • ‘Only the clamour of kids playing in the schoolyard indicates a sign of life.’
    • ‘A marketing explosion of video games, cartoons and other assorted merchandise, the presence of these pint-sized imaginary creatures can be felt on any schoolyard, popular to a truly insane degree.’
    • ‘They feel they're saving the kid a lot of anguish and schoolyard teasing.’
    • ‘No, it's a small child being bullied in the schoolyard, crying that he's had enough.’