cavort

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Originated in the United States in 1793, as cauvaut, applying to horses, probably from the colloquial intensifying prefix ca- + vault (jump, leap); later generalized. Early sources connect it to cavault, a term for a certain demeanor of horses.

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cavort (third-person singular simple present cavorts, present participle cavorting, simple past and past participle cavorted)

  1. (originally intransitive) To prance, said of mounts
    • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter I:
      [] when the young man whirled his horse, “hazed” Jupiter in circles and belaboured him with a rawhide quirt, [] He ceased his cavortings []
  2. (intransitive) To move about carelessly, playfully or boisterously.

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