galumph

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verb ga·lumph \ gə-ˈləm(p)f \

Definition of galumph

intransitive verb
:to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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Examples of galumph in a Sentence

  1. I could hear him galumphing around in the attic.

  2. the Great Dane galumphed across the floor to greet us

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Bump, thump, thud. There's no doubt about it, when someone or something galumphs onto the scene, ears take notice. "Galumph" first lumbered onto the English scene in 1872 when Lewis Carroll used the word to describe the actions of the vanquisher of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking Glass: "He left it dead, and with its head / He went galumphing back." Etymologists suspect Carroll created "galumph" by altering the word gallop, perhaps throwing in a pinch of "triumphant" for good measure (in its earliest uses, "galumph" did convey a sense of exultant bounding). Other 19th-century writers must have liked the sound of "galumph," because they began plying it in their own prose, and it has been clumping around our language ever since.

Origin and Etymology of galumph

perhaps blend of 1gallop and triumphant
Note: Coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lewis dodgson) in the poem "Jabberwocky" (1872), apparently in the sense "to march exultingly."


GALUMPH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of galumph for English Language Learners

  • : to move in a loud and clumsy way


GALUMPH Defined for Kids

galumph

verb ga·lumph \ gə-ˈləmf \

Definition of galumph for Students

galumphed; galumphing
:to move in a loud and clumsy way


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