lope

noun
\ ˈlōp How to pronounce lope (audio) \

Definition of lope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an easy natural gait of a horse resembling a canter
2 : an easy usually bounding gait capable of being sustained for a long time

lope

verb
loped; loping

Definition of lope (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or ride at a lope

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Other Words from lope

Verb

loper noun

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Examples of lope in a Sentence

Verb The horses loped easily across the fields. He went loping up the hill. The outfielder loped after the ball.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bear passed before him at a lope, 50 yards away. National Geographic, 19 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the effort required to lope stiff-legged across the powdery surface guzzled the air and cooling water in his backpack, limiting his time outside the relative safety of the lunar module. Outside Online, 23 June 2021 The gray wolf that made headlines in 2011 for becoming the first lobo in nearly a century to lope in California’s wilderness is presumed dead. Suzanne Espinosa Solis, SFChronicle.com, 15 Apr. 2020 The dancers, like multicolored gazelles, flit and lope and skitter and spin, each following a distinct and singular trajectory. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2019 Stubby hind legs increase energy efficiency, allowing the animals to lope easily across the ground. Christine Dell'amore, National Geographic, 14 June 2019 Soon Flora Bundy will return for her second witness interview and a lion or two may lope through the den, checking on how the inquiry is going. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019 These days, Dublin City seems to be flexing another muscle: Cyclists flood the streets, runners lope along park trails and, on the edges of this coastal metropolis, kite surfers dot the sky. Brigid Mander, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2018 Bassist Benny Trokan underlines the tunefulness with nimble lines that lope and chug, girding every song with a snappy precision and providing ballast for the strings that gild some of the tracks. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 29 June 2018 Each winter, camels lope around the moon-like desert landscape of the lowest place on Earth under the watchful eyes of their Bedouin Arab herders, in an ancient tradition passed from father to son over the generations. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of lope

Noun

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lope

Noun

Middle English loup, lope leap, probably from Old Norse hlaup; akin to Old English hlēapan to leap — more at leap

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“Lope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lope. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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lope

noun
\ ˈlōp How to pronounce lope (audio) \

Kids Definition of lope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an effortless way of moving with long smooth steps

lope

verb
loped; loping

Kids Definition of lope (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go or run in an effortless way with long smooth steps

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