Two people cavorting in the waves.
- Skipping down the street is an example of to cavort.
- Playfully pillow fighting is an example of to cavort.
- to leap about; prance or caper
- to romp about happily; frolic
Origin of cavortearlier cavaut; probably ; from ca-, colloquial intensive prefix (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps German ge-) + vault
intransitive verbca·vort·ed, ca·vort·ing, ca·vorts
- To bound or prance about in a sprightly manner; caper.
- To have lively or boisterous fun; romp: The children cavorted in the water, splashing and ducking each other.
Origin of cavortPossibly alteration of curvet.
(third-person singular simple present cavorts, present participle cavorting, simple past and past participle cavorted)
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.