Definition of gallivant
1 : to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex
2 : to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure been gallivanting all over town
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Examples of gallivant in a Sentence
They've been gallivanting all over town.
He's been gallivanting around the country when he ought to be looking for a job.
Recent Examples of gallivant from the Web
Since then, he's been gallivanting around the country with Migos and Tory Lanez for Future's Nobody Safe Tour.
What better way to get young people to pay attention to protecting themselves from HIV infection than to combine something silly (beauty pageant) with something riveting (beautiful women gallivanting about)?
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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.
GALLIVANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gallivant for English Language Learners
: to go or travel to many different places for pleasure
GALLIVANT Defined for Kids
Definition of gallivant for Students
: 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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