cavort

verb ca·vort \ kə-ˈvȯrt \

Definition of cavort

intransitive verb
1 :to leap or dance about in a lively manner
  • Otters cavorted in the stream.
2 :to engage in extravagant behavior
  • The governor has been criticized for cavorting with celebrities.

Examples of cavort in a Sentence

  1. Otters cavorted in the stream.

  2. children cavorting on the first sunny day of spring

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Origin and Etymology of cavort

perhaps alteration of curvet


CAVORT Defined for English Language Learners

cavort

verb

Definition of cavort for English Language Learners

  • : to jump or move around in a lively manner

  • : to spend time in an enjoyable and often wild or improper way


CAVORT Defined for Kids

cavort

verb ca·vort \ kə-ˈvort \

Definition of cavort for Students

cavorted; cavorting
:to move or hop about in a lively way
  • … I saw the raccoons cavort around my fireplace …
  • —Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain


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