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gallop

verb gal·lop \ ˈga-ləp \

Definition of gallop

intransitive verb
1 :to progress or ride at a gallop
2 :to run fast
transitive verb
1 :to cause to gallop
2 :to transport at a gallop

galloper

noun

Examples of gallop in a Sentence

  1. The horse galloped toward us.

  2. He mounted his horse and galloped off to sound the alarm.

  3. She galloped her horse toward us.

  4. I grabbed my books and galloped out the door.

  5. The program gallops through early American history.

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Origin and Etymology of gallop

Middle English galopen, walopen, borrowed from Anglo-French galoper, gualoper (Picard dialect waloper), perhaps going back to Old Low Franconian *wala hlaupan, literally "to run well," from *wala "well, with good appearance or effect" (going back to Germanic *welō) + *hlaupan "to run," going back to Germanic *hlaup-a- — more at 3well, 1leap
Note: An alternative explanation sees the Old French noun as primary, and derived from Old Low Franconian *walhlaup-, from *wal- "battlefield" and *hlaup-, a nominal derivative of *hlaupan (hence alluding to a warriorʼs manner of riding on the battlefield). Though the meaning of the first noun is reflected in Old High German wal "battlefield," the general meaning of the Germanic etymon is "the slain, the dead in battle" (see valhalla).


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gallop

noun

Definition of gallop

1 :a bounding gait of a quadruped; specifically :a fast natural usually 4-beat gait of the horse — compare 3canter, run
2 :a ride or run at a gallop
3 :a stretch of land suitable for galloping horses
4 :a rapid or hasty progression or pace

Examples of gallop in a Sentence

  1. The horse was at full gallop.

  2. He mounted his horse and took off at a gallop.

  3. We went for a gallop through the countryside.

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Origin and Etymology of gallop

borrowed from Middle French & Anglo-French galop, noun derivative of galoper "to 1gallop"; replacing Middle English walop, borrowed from Anglo-French walop, galop
Note: Alternatively, the noun could be original, and the verb a derivative of the noun. See note at 1gallop.


GALLOP Defined for English Language Learners

gallop

verb

Definition of gallop for English Language Learners

  • of a horse or similar animal : to run very fast : to run at a gallop

  • : to ride on a galloping horse

  • : to make (a horse) gallop


gallop

noun

Definition of gallop for English Language Learners

  • : the way a horse or similar animal moves when it is running fast and all four of its feet leave the ground at the same time

  • : a ride or run at a gallop


GALLOP Defined for Kids

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gallop

verb gal·lop \ ˈga-ləp \

Definition of gallop for Students

galloped; galloping
1 :to run or cause to run at a gallop
2 :to ride on a galloping horse

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gallop

noun

Definition of gallop for Students

1 :the fast springing way an animal with four feet and especially a horse runs when all four of its feet leave the ground at the same time
2 :a ride or run on a galloping horse

Medical Dictionary

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gallop

intransitive verb gal·lop \ ˈgal-əp \

medical Definition of gallop

:to progress or ride at a gallop
transitive verb
:to cause to gallop

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gallop

noun

medical Definition of gallop

1 :a bounding gait of a quadruped; specifically :a fast natural 3-beat gait of the horse


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