A couple elope.
An example of to elope is to sneak off to Las Vegas and get married.
- to run away secretly, esp. in order to get married
- to run away; escape; abscond
Origin of elopeAnglo-French aloper, probably ; from Middle English an unverified form aleapen, to leap up, run away ; from Old English ahleapan (infl. uncertain or unknown; perhaps by Old Norse hlaupa, to run from source lope) ; from a-, away + hleapan, to run, leap
intransitive verbe·loped, e·lop·ing, e·lopes
- To run away with a lover, especially with the intention of getting married.
- To run away; abscond.
Origin of elopePerhaps Anglo-Norman aloper, to run away from one's husband with a lover, from Middle Dutch ontlopen, to run away : ont-, away from, along; see ant- in Indo-European roots + lopen, to run.
(third-person singular simple present elopes, present participle eloping, simple past and past participle eloped)
- (intransitive, of a married person) To run away from home with a paramour.
- (intransitive, of an unmarried person) To run away secretly for the purpose of getting married with one's intended spouse; to marry in a quick or private fashion, especially without a public period of engagement.
- (intransitive, dated) To run away from home (for any reason).