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nounNorth American informal, dated
A waiter or waitress at a drive-in restaurant.
server, waitress, stewardess, steward, attendant
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’