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gallivant

verb gal·li·vant \ˈga-lə-ˌvant\

Simple Definition of gallivant

  • : to go or travel to many different places for pleasure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gallivant

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex

  3. 2 :  to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure

Examples of gallivant in a sentence

  1. They've been gallivanting all over town.

  2. He's been gallivanting around the country when he ought to be looking for a job.



Did You Know?

Back in the 14th century, a young man of fashion (or a ladies' man) was called a gallant. By the late 1600s, gallant was being used as a verb to describe the process a paramour used to win a lady's heart; to gallant became a synonym of "to court." Etymologists think that the spelling of the verb gallant was altered to create gallivant, which originally meant "to act as a gallant" or "to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex." Nowadays, however, gallivant is more likely to describe wandering than romancing.

Variants of gallivant

also galavant \ˈga-lə-ˌvant\

Origin of gallivant

perhaps alteration of 3gallant


First Known Use: 1823


GALLIVANT Defined for Kids

gallivant

verb gal·li·vant \ˈga-lə-ˌvant\

Definition of gallivant for Students

gallivantedgallivanting

  1. :  to travel from place to place doing things for pleasure <“Abandoning … his four little children to go gallivanting off on wild adventures …” — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>





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