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 Its intoxicating rhythm, courtesy of Nigerian producer Shizzi, unrolls over seductively polyrhythmic drums, while Fireboy’s vocals gallop smoothly to the percussive beat. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2022 The race-horses who gallop here in summer are snug in their stalls. Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 5 May 2021 There are always dark horses that gallop up out of nowhere, and schedules can change during the best of times. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 Jan. 2022 European Christians considered Jews effeminate owing to their circumcisions, deeming them a studious, unathletic, hemorrhoidal people unable to gallop through Palestine bedecked in armor and spearing unbelievers. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Bold horseman gallop up a green hill into a swarm of spears. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 25 Oct. 2021 Blending high fantasy with Arthurian prestige, The Green Knight might gallop into the fray as the dark horse of the season. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 1 Sep. 2021 But soon things gallop apace and in the blink of an eye the first half of the show is produced by Playwrights Horizons as a workshop production, an artistic luxury unimaginable in today’s theatrical climate where science has long conquered art. New York Times, 28 July 2021 The facility in the heart of Chester County Hunt Country in Southeastern Pennsylvania includes jumping, dressage arenas, and gallop tracks on over 75 acres of land. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 31 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the feel-good story came to an abrupt end in September of last year, when he was charged with felony animal cruelty after being accused of mistreating his horse in a 7½-mile gallop on the Dan Ryan during a protest. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, 1 Dec. 2021 But the feel-good story came to an abrupt end in September of last year, when he was charged with felony animal cruelty after being accused of mistreating his horse in a 7½-mile gallop on the Dan Ryan during a protest. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, 1 Dec. 2021 Buchholz held the Raiders on downs the first two series before Hankerson opened the scoring on a 26-yard TD gallop down the right sideline for a 7-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Dec. 2021 But the feel-good story came to an abrupt end in September of last year, when he was charged with felony animal cruelty after being accused of mistreating his horse in a 7½-mile gallop on the Dan Ryan during a protest. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, 1 Dec. 2021 The orchestra flew through one breathless passage in the second act, making a gallop to the final burst. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 But the feel-good story came to an abrupt end in September of last year, when he was charged with felony animal cruelty after being accused of mistreating his horse in a 7½-mile gallop on the Dan Ryan during a protest. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Hudson chimed in with some soaring ad libs of her own before the song shifted from a blues shuffle to a full gallop. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2021 Then there was Nick Chubb, doing his best Jim Brown imitation with a 70-yard TD gallop. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 7 Nov. 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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24 Jan 2022

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More Definitions for gallop

gallop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

gallop

intransitive verb
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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