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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Verb

loper noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Guitar chords open this track, but within a few measures, Watts drops in with his comforting bass-snare-and-high-hat lope that deservedly stays high in the mix throughout. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 The earring is designed to follow the shape — the comet penetrates the ear with the tail being the twist clasp behind the lope. Angela Lei, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Younger guitarists in the cosmic-country realm, like William Tyler and Steve Gunn, also have a bit of Frisell’s unassuming lope. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Bumgarner lopes to the mound in his slow, familiar gait. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, 27 Sep. 2019 Brown lopes across the playground as a police radio crackles and a gaggle of kids watch, probably expecting the tall officer to land in a heap in the playground’s mulch. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 3 July 2018 At other times, the 6-foot-4 professional gambler lopes, shoulders slightly hunched, through gaming areas and steps onto elevators -- the ordinariness of his movements camouflaging his dark aims. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 22 Mar. 2018 While the ride is comfortable and the car lopes along the highway unperturbed at 90 mph, the trip is accompanied by a bit of tire roar, which can become annoying on extended drives. James Lipman, Car and Driver, 1 Feb. 2018 There’s still the lope of hillbilly music—the steady one-two, one-two striding across the song’s landscape—but inside that is this tight dance beat. Longreads, 26 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Grooves swing, lope and gallop, while Chris Desiderio’s distorted, spacey guitar leads stab in and out. Michael Hamad, courant.com, 8 Jan. 2018

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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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26 Aug 2021

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“Lope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lope. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for lope

lope

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lope

: to run in a relaxed way with long strides

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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