gallop

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

Definition of gallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gallop

noun

Definition of gallop (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from gallop

Verb

galloper noun

Synonyms for gallop

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Each morning, the ranch hands at this 540-acre, all-inclusive luxury dude ranch call the horses in from pasture, which means roughly 100 horses gallop past the main lodge before breakfast. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "7 amazing Colorado hot tubs to warm you up this winter," 10 Dec. 2019 The clarity with which the Arhuaco perceive the galloping transformation of the Sierra Nevada must seem like a curse. Stephen Ferry, National Geographic, "Indigenous protectors of these sacred peaks have kept others out—till now," 26 Nov. 2019 The deficit might still be galloping ever higher, but Trump’s backers hardly seem to mind. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Is Trump’s base breaking over impeachment? The tale of a congressman’s defiance suggests not.," 31 Oct. 2019 The measurement is based on the size of classic round circus stages in the 17th and 18th centuries, when galloping horses were a featured act. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Acrobatic Cirque Mechanics making a one-show stop at Jorgensen," 1 Oct. 2019 This year’s Falcons come north having already galloped for 423 yards and seven touchdowns on 65 carries in their opener Aug. 31 against Colgate. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs defensive coordinator Tyson Summers can already smell what Air Force is cooking," 11 Sep. 2019 Her dog, Ramen, gallops in circles, as does another golden retriever in a wheelchair who’s promoting a rescue shelter. Jennifer Swann, Washington Post, "Kaitlyn Bristowe has become Bachelor Nation’s unlikely lifestyle guru. A scrunchie for $15, anyone?," 4 Dec. 2019 Marchand galloped up left wing and zipped home his second goal of the night with a hard snap off the left wing that banged in off the far post. BostonGlobe.com, "Sitting pretty in the early going and poised to coast to their season-high sixth straight game, the Bruins finished the job Monday night with a thrilling 6-4 win over the Penguins at TD Garden when Brad Marchand ripped home his second goal of the night with only 1:57 remaining in regulation.," 5 Nov. 2019 Technically, the ants are galloping at high speeds, with all six feet off the ground simultaneously. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The world’s fastest ant clocks record speed of 108 times its own body length," 17 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Video of her gallop to glory went viral, getting air time on national sports TV programs. Los Angeles Times, "Women respond to Pac-12 assertion that new California law would hurt female athletes," 1 Oct. 2019 The scientists found that while alligators and caimans were only able to manage a trot, several of the crocodiles — regardless of their different walks and sizes — performed a horse-like gallop with an average top speed of 11 mph. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Giddy Up, Crocodile! Scientists Discover Several Crocodile Species Can Gallop," 19 Dec. 2019 When the Patriots had a chance to tie the game in the final two minutes, positioned at the KC 12 after Brady’s 17-yard gallop on fourth-and-6, the offense that used to be so clutch in such situations had no answers. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Patriots can't blame loss to Chiefs on officiating mistakes," 9 Dec. 2019 First, though, a quick gallop through what remains of New York’s holiday windows in 2019, and the hopeful cornucopias within. Alexandra Jacobs, SFChronicle.com, "Life after Barneys: When department stores were theater," 7 Dec. 2019 In the second half, running back Mincey hit pay dirt with an eight-yard gallop to the end zone and Eason converted the PAT for a 16-0 lead. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Plantation Wildcats celebrate Super Bowl victory over Delray Rocks," 26 Nov. 2019 Since a Ralphie pregame gallop became a tradition — widely regarded as one of the best in college football — in 1966, a live mascot has failed to run only 13 times. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Ralphie VI: What are the CU Buffs looking for in a replacement?," 12 Nov. 2019 On the gallop out the horse still looked loaded and passed the winner. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Is the Santa Anita drag gone?," 13 Oct. 2019 Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is home to a herd of 100-150 elk, and they were observed running in full gallop on Tuesday about 1 1/2 miles from the park entrance on the north. John Meyer, The Know, "You don’t have to drive all the way to Estes Park to see frisky elk. You can see them here in Denver, too.," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gallop

Verb

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

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gallop

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.

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“Gallop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallop?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=gallop01. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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gallop

verb
How to pronounce gallop (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

English Language Learners Definition of gallop (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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

Kids Definition of gallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gallop

noun

Kids Definition of gallop (Entry 2 of 2)

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
gal·​lop | \ ˈgal-əp How to pronounce gallop (audio) \

Medical Definition of gallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to progress or ride at a gallop

transitive verb

: to cause to gallop

gallop

noun

Medical Definition of gallop (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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