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galumph

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verb ga·lumph \gə-ˈləm(p)f\

Simple Definition of galumph

  • : to move in a loud and clumsy way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of galumph

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Examples of galumph in a sentence

  1. I could hear him galumphing around in the attic.

  2. <the Great Dane galumphed across the floor to greet us>



Did You Know?

Bump, thump, thud. There's no doubt about it, when someone or something galumphs onto the scene, ears take notice. "Galumph" first lumbered onto the English scene in 1872 when Lewis Carroll used the word to describe the actions of the vanquisher of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking Glass: "He left it dead, and with its head / He went galumphing back." Etymologists suspect Carroll created "galumph" by altering the word gallop, perhaps throwing in a pinch of "triumphant" for good measure (in its earliest uses, "galumph" did convey a sense of exultant bounding). Other 19th-century writers must have liked the sound of "galumph," because they began plying it in their own prose, and it has been clumping around our language ever since.

Origin and Etymology of galumph

probably alteration of 1gallop


First Known Use: 1872

Rhymes with galumph


GALUMPH Defined for Kids

galumph

verb ga·lumph \gə-ˈləmf\

Definition of galumph for Students

galumphed

galumphing

  1. :  to move in a loud and clumsy way




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