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 But in Hong Kong, the races gallop on with strict precautions in place. Kristie Lu Stout, CNN, "Hong Kong's night races gallop on during the coronavirus outbreak... but without the fans," 31 Mar. 2020 Wild horses roam free, galloping along the seaside crests of rocky hills. Benjamin Lowy, New York Times, "Reveling in the Enigmatic Beauty of Easter Island," 27 Apr. 2020 Since March 22, the last day of racing at the track, there have been 3,258 timed workouts and tens of thousands of training sessions, where horses go on the track and gallop or jog. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Training accident leads to 12th horse death at Santa Anita since Dec. 26," 25 Apr. 2020 The Memorial girls started fast and galloped to a 56-25 triumph. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial basketball teams earn sweep of Stratford," 18 Dec. 2019 Already, the High North is seeing unprecedented changes, including drastic ice losses on land and sea, galloping permafrost thaw, raging wildfires, unseasonal storms, earlier springs, and more. Cheryl Katz, National Geographic, "Warming at the poles will soon be felt globally in rising seas, extreme weather," 4 Dec. 2019 Director David Clevinger keeps a lively pace for the first act; its 90 minutes practically gallop along. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Sound of Music’ gets the holiday nostalgia going | Review," 26 Nov. 2019 With retail stores shuttered almost indefinitely, storied brands like Ralph Lauren are galloping to the rescue, too. CBS News, "Fighting coronavirus with needle and thread," 12 Apr. 2020 On Thursday evening, a herd of Great Orme Kashmiri goats galloped through the desolate streets of the small town looking for food. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "When Humans Are Sheltered in Place, Wild Animals Will Play," 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Twenty years later, the horse won’t start without a 20-minute gallop. Anchorage Daily News, "In these times, the outdoors in your backyard is truly great," 11 Apr. 2020 The full-gallop 15-minute stories, involving Pony’s innocent derailment of school projects or the infinite forbearance of Annie’s parents, are brisk and charming. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Home but Not Alone? Here Are Four New Shows to Watch With Your Kids," 16 Mar. 2020 The 1 ⅛-mile race was to be Omaha Beach’s final start, but the beginning of a fracture in his right hind ankle was discovered Thursday after a routine gallop. Larry Stumes, SFChronicle.com, "This week at Golden Gate Fields, Jan. 24-26," 23 Jan. 2020 Pentucket 28, Hamilton-Wenham 22 — Austin Senfleben scored on a 70-yard gallop and a 1-yard blast to power the Sachems (3-0) to the Cape Ann League win. BostonGlobe.com, "EVERETT – In the first meeting in 13 seasons between Everett and Brockton, two of the state’s most stories football programs, Everett sophomore Jaden Clerveaux was the showpiece.," 29 Sep. 2019 Lacking urgency and visual splendor, The Letter for the King attempts a high-speed gallop, but ends up flopping on its belly and rolling around a little. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Letter for the King': TV Review," 20 Mar. 2020 The ankle injury was diagnosed after Mr. Monomoy returned from a gallop last week, the Daily Racing Form reported. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Report: Mr. Monomoy out 60 days with minor ankle injury, expected to miss Kentucky Derby," 3 Mar. 2020 The best part of each suite is when Ms. De Keersmaeker, her dress rippling to expose a muscular back, suddenly runs — practically a gallop that gives way to a skip — around part of the stage and into the wings. New York Times, "Review: A Choreographer Finds Her Bliss in Bach," 14 Feb. 2020 Skiers hitched to cowboys The adrenaline rush of being pulled by an animal at full gallop is also behind the annual skijoring event in the high-altitude town of Leadville, Colorado. National Geographic, "Is this America’s next extreme winter sport?," 9 Jan. 2010

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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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17 May 2020

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“Gallop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallop. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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