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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.


gallop ‎(plural gallops)

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



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

  1. (Intransitive. Of a horse, etc) To run at a gallop.
    The horse galloped past the finishing line.
  2. To ride at a galloping pace.
    • John Donne
      Gallop lively down the western hill.
  3. To cause to gallop.
    to gallop a horse
  4. 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.
  5. To run very fast.
  6. (figuratively) To go rapidly or carelessly, as in making a hasty examination.
    • John Locke
      Such superficial ideas he may collect in galloping over it.
    • 1847, Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey
      Soon after breakfast Miss Matilda, having galloped and blundered through a few unprofitable lessons, and vengeably thumped the piano for an hour, in a terrible humour with both me and it, because her mama would not give her a holiday, []