gallop

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verb

gal·​lop ˈga-ləp How to pronounce gallop (audio)
galloped; galloping; gallops

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

gallop

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noun

1
: a bounding gait of a quadruped
specifically : a fast natural usually 4-beat gait of the horse compare canter entry 3, 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

Verb The horse galloped toward us. He mounted his horse and galloped off to sound the alarm. She galloped her horse toward us. I grabbed my books and galloped out the door. The program gallops through early American history. Noun The horse was at full gallop. He mounted his horse and took off at a gallop. We went for a gallop through the countryside.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The Derby champion arrived at Pimlico on Sunday afternoon and galloped over the muddy track for the first time Monday morning. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2024 As galloping economic growth drew a level of attention the country had not experienced since the 1950s, India asserted itself on a variety of fronts. Shashi Tharoor, Foreign Affairs, 27 Apr. 2022
Noun
Grandview gallops past Franklin, advances to state Grandview softball (31-1) is heading to the state tournament. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 May 2024 The Western theme is reflected in the lettering used in the film’s titles, the use of music and guns and a final scene in which one of the main characters gallops towards us on a white horse with the sound of fireworks resounding in the distance. Martin Dale, Variety, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for gallop 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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 well entry 3, leap entry 1

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).

Noun

borrowed from Middle French & Anglo-French galop, noun derivative of galoper "to gallop entry 1"; 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 gallop entry 1.

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallop was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gallop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallop. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

gallop

1 of 2 verb
gal·​lop ˈgal-əp How to pronounce gallop (audio)
1
: to go or cause to go at a gallop
2
: to run fast
galloper noun

gallop

2 of 2 noun
1
: a fast bounding gait of a four-footed animal in which all four feet are off the ground at one time once in each stride
especially : a fast gait of the horse with a three-beat or four-beat rhythm
2
: a ride or run at a gallop
3
: a rapid progression or pace

Medical Definition

gallop

1 of 2 intransitive verb
gal·​lop ˈgal-əp How to pronounce gallop (audio)
: to progress or ride at a gallop

transitive verb

: to cause to gallop

gallop

2 of 2 noun
1
: a bounding gait of a quadruped
specifically : a fast natural 3-beat gait of the horse
2

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