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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

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

  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.



Variants of gallivant

also gal·a·vant \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

gal·li·vant·edgal·li·vant·ing

  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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