gallivant

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verb gal·li·vant \ ˈga-lə-ˌvant \
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Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of gallivant

intransitive verb
1 informal :to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure
  • been gallivanting all over town
2 dated, informal :to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex

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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.

Recent Examples of gallivant from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of gallivant

perhaps extended form of 3gallant

gallivant Synonyms

Synonyms
bat, cruise, drift, float, gad (about), wander (also galavant), kick around, knock (about), maunder, meander, mooch, ramble, range, roam, rove, traipse
Related Words
amble, saunter, stroll; dawdle, mope; gypsy, hobo, tramp, vagabond; mill (about or around); straggle, stray

GALLIVANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gallivant for English Language Learners

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


GALLIVANT Defined for Kids

gallivant

verb gal·li·vant \ ˈga-lə-ˌvant \

Definition of gallivant for Students

gallivanted; gallivanting
: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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