Definition of schoolyard in 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’
    • ‘But I don't respond well to threats, and I was not going to let this schoolyard bully intimidate me.’
    • ‘The timidity of the boy afraid to fight, a common object of scorn for schoolyard bullies, was recast as a clinical pathology.’
    • ‘Their beloved son was beaten at school each day for refusing to fight the schoolyard bigots and bullies.’
    • ‘When screaming schoolyard bullies act up, the teacher often isolates them in a corner, forcing them to reflect upon their actions.’
    • ‘They feel they're saving the kid a lot of anguish and schoolyard teasing.’
    • ‘The fish itself was a big bruiser of a portion that looked like it bullied everyone in the schoolyard.’
    • ‘We would punish him, with really typical schoolyard bullying.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The media should focus more attention on how to improve the taxpayer-financed public school system and how to reduce bullying and schoolyard violence.’
    • ‘I remember I was shooting baskets in the old elementary schoolyard.’
    • ‘Only the clamour of kids playing in the schoolyard indicates a sign of life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And as far as the epithets, and language, and everything else, you could hear that in any schoolyard.’
    • ‘No, it's a small child being bullied in the schoolyard, crying that he's had enough.’
    • ‘They should be protected from parents who pass along prejudices that lead to schoolyard bullying and, later in life, hate crimes.’
    • ‘Tromping over to the side of the schoolyards, the kid leaned against a tree and folded his arms, scanning the terrain for prey.’
    • ‘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.’