A rich heiress who travels around the world shopping and looking for cool parties is an example of someone who gallivants.
- Archaic to gad about with members of the opposite sex
- to go about in search of amusement or excitement
Origin of gallivantarbitrary elaboration of gallant
intransitive verbgal·li·vant·ed, gal·li·vant·ing, gal·li·vants, also gal·a·vant·ed or gal·a·vant·ing or gal·a·vants
- To roam about in search of pleasure or amusement. See Synonyms at wander .
- To play around amorously; flirt.
Origin of gallivantPerhaps alteration of gallant
(third-person singular simple present gallivants, present participle gallivanting, simple past and past participle gallivanted)
- (intransitive) To roam about for pleasure without any definite plan.
- 1914 Bertram, it is true, when he heard of the plan, rebelled, and asserted that what Billy needed was a rest, an entire rest from care and labor. In fact, what he wanted her to do, he said, was to gallivant – to gallivant all day long. – Eleanor H.Porter Miss Billy – Married, Chapter 18.
1809, from gallant (“wooing women”), originally in sense “to flirt”, broadened to mean “roaming without plan”.