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 Its goal was to design a BEV that could only be a Ford, and there's little that's more iconically Ford than the galloping pony. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Watch out, Tesla—Ford gets serious with Mustang Mach-E electric crossover," 18 Nov. 2019 The England international tries to head the ball back to Joe Hart, but only finds Rangers hitman Djibril Cisse, who gallops away from the nearest defender and rifles in at the near-post. SI.com, "Manchester City 3-2 QPR: You'll Never See Anything Like This Ever Again," 28 Oct. 2019 As its peers gallop toward making their public debut, Stripe plans to remain private. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Forget About Unicorn Companies … Decacorns Are All the Rage in 2019: Term Sheet," 20 Sep. 2019 While police followed the galloping zebra down N. Grape Ave., a dashboard cam caught a video of the wild incident. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Runaway Zebra Caught on Camera Galloping Down Residential Road in Texas," 8 Aug. 2019 WildCat travels at a fairly fast pace: 32 km/h, or just under 20 mph on flat terrain while sustaining a galloping gait like that of a horse or dog. David Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Machine Beats Man," 16 Oct. 2019 Every day for centuries -- since the very first race meeting at the Curragh dating back to 1727 -- groups of racehorses have galloped through the morning mist to prepare for some of the biggest races around the world. Ben Church And Aly Vance, CNN, "Why this ancient land is the spiritual home of Irish horse racing," 13 Sep. 2019 The junior sidestepped his man and galloped all the way to the end zone for a 96-yard score, the longest touchdown pass in Buffs football history. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs QB Montez: Nebraska Cornhuskers “got what was coming” in 34-31 OT loss," 7 Sep. 2019 Zach Moss returned from a season-ending knee injury and galloped for 187 yards, and Utah scored 20 points off of BYU miscues, including two pick-sixes. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Week 2 College Football Power Rankings: What We Learned From Openers," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Also on Friday, the training track will be open for gallops in the morning. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Congrats to Santa Anita for safe workouts," 12 July 2019 Despite being steeped in history, the Curragh Racecourse and surrounding gallops have undergone development in recent years. Ben Church And Aly Vance, CNN, "Why this ancient land is the spiritual home of Irish horse racing," 13 Sep. 2019 Ran a closing second last out at five furlongs on turf to miss by only ¾ of a length and passed the winner on the gallop out. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Really good stakes at Los Al today," 6 July 2019 His signature moment: a 60-yard gallop in an upset win over Texas A&M which made him the NCAA’s all-time career rushing leader. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "The Greatest Individual Seasons in College Football History," 12 Aug. 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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The first known use of gallop was in the 15th century

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30 Nov 2019

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“Gallop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galloped. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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More Definitions for gallop

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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