gallop

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English galopen (to gallop), from Old French galoper (compare modern French galoper), from Frankish *wala hlaupan (to run well) from *wala (well) + *hlaupan (to run), from Proto-Germanic *hlaupaną (to run, leap, spring), from Proto-Indo-European *klaup-, *klaub- (to spring, stumble). Possibly also derived from a deverbal of Frankish *walhlaup (battle run) from *wal (battlefield) from a Proto-Germanic word meaning "dead, victim, slain" from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (death in battle, killed in battle) + *hlaup (course, track) from *hlaupan (to run). More at well, leap, valkyrie. See also the doublet wallop, coming from the same source through an Old Northern French variant.

Noun[edit]

gallop (plural gallops)

  1. The fastest gait of a horse.
  2. A two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously

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Verb[edit]

gallop (third-person singular simple present gallops, present participle galloping, simple past and past participle galloped)

  1. To ride at a galloping pace.
    • John Donne
      Gallop lively down the western hill.
  2. To cause to gallop.
    to gallop a horse
  3. To make electrical or other utility lines sway and/or move up and down violently, usually due to a combination of high winds and ice accrual on the lines.
  4. To run very fast.
  5. (figuratively) To go rapidly or carelessly, as in making a hasty examination.
    • John Locke
      Such superficial ideas he may collect in galloping over it.

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