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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Verb

galloper noun

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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 The revolutionaries, who gallop dramatically through the area on horseback, have with them a prisoner, and he is bound. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: A compelling anti-tourist California in new photo show," 27 Mar. 2021 In Boley, an all-black town populated by migrants, freedmen would gallop through the streets at night shooting out residents’ windows. Victor Luckerson, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Promise of Oklahoma," 17 Mar. 2021 The horses gallop and rear with such realism and frenzy the viewer feels compelled to jump out of the way. Claudine Doury, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Redemption of Rosa Bonheur," 20 Oct. 2020 The final 150 pages gallop through the Civil War, quoting extensively from Lincoln’s most famous works, with cursory paragraphs providing context. Adam Rowe, WSJ, "‘The Zealot and the Emancipator’ Review: A Deadly Confrontation," 4 Oct. 2020 In the first decade of the 21st century, economic growth allowed some developing countries to gallop faster than wealthier nations in North America and Europe. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Covid-19 May Keep Developing Countries From Catching Up to Rich Ones," 5 Aug. 2020 More than 200 years ago, when George Washington created the U.S. Postal Service, news only traveled as fast as a horse could gallop. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine Educational Livestreams Coming From Historical Sites in the United States," 11 May 2020 Anything higher than that is known as tachycardia, the fancy way of describing the sensation that your heart is galloping a mile a minute. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Surprising Reasons Your Heart Is Racing and How to Remedy Them," 27 Mar. 2020 But whereas a horse may gallop for a couple minutes in the Kentucky Derby, a python can keep its metabolic rate at its extreme elevation for two weeks. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Eat Rat, Make New Body: Easy Stuff for Pythons," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And here's another clip of the giraffe named Lbarnoti's excited gallop once he's safely gotten off the ferry. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Last Two Giraffes Rescued From a Disappearing Island in Kenya," 15 Apr. 2021 Billy the Kid and his gang gallop to Mexico, chased by a federal posse led by Pat Garrett. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 On the gallop out, this horse flew, so watch out next race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita Derby day," 3 Apr. 2021 Sagittarius rules the legs, the muscular system that helps the horse gallop past its comfort zone. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, "Fired Up: What Does It Really Mean To Be A Fire Sign?," 26 Mar. 2021 Chubb likely ended up on the, well, Brown list of his fantasy owners after intentionally stepping out of bounds at the Houston 1-yard line after a 59-yard gallop – sacrificing a touchdown to allow Cleveland to kneel out the final 53 seconds. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season," 16 Nov. 2020 FG Jess Seis goes on to win the work by a head and then displays a terrific gallop out. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita to reopen to fans," 19 Mar. 2021 Hollingsworth is facing one count of felony animal cruelty after being accused of mistreating one of his horses during a 7.5-mile gallop down the Dan Ryan Expressway, a journey that allegedly ended with the animal severely injured and near death. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Judge warns ‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ after Facebook posts where he claimed he was riding horses and swore at a prosecutor," 9 Mar. 2021 With steady acoustic guitar and soft rim-click drums that never break into a gallop, the song has something to say about standing firm, whether in hopes of winning someone back or waiting on a dream. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "RS Country Music Picks for Week of March 1st," 1 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallop. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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gallop

verb

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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