A herd of horses gallops.
- The definition of a gallop is the fast speed at which a horse moves when all four feet are off the ground, or any fast pace.
- An example of a gallop is a horse's speed around a racetrack.
- An example of a gallop is a quick series of decisions: moved along at a gallop.
- Gallop is defined as to hurry or move quickly.
An example of gallop is for a horse to race quickly up a hill.
- to go at a gallop
- to move, progress, or act very fast; hurry
Origin of gallopMiddle English galopen ; from Old French galoper ; from Frankish an unverified form walahlaupan, to run well ; from an unverified form wala, akin to well + an unverified form hlaupan, to run, akin to leap
- the fastest gait of a horse or other animal, consisting of a succession of leaping strides with all the feet off the ground at one time
- a ride on a galloping animal
- any fast pace, speedy action, or rapid progression
Origin of gallopOFr galop
- a. A gait of a horse, faster than a canter, in which all four feet are off the ground at the same time during each stride.b. A fast running motion of other quadrupeds.
- A ride taken at a gallop.
- A rapid pace: Events were proceeding at a gallop.
- Medicine A disordered rhythm of the heart characterized by three or four distinct heart sounds in each cycle and resembling the sound of a galloping horse. Also called gallop rhythm.
verbgal·loped, gal·lop·ing, gal·lops
- To go or move at a gallop.
- To move or progress swiftly: Summer was galloping by.
Origin of gallopFrom Middle English galopen, to go at a gallop, from Old French galoper, of Germanic origin; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present gallops, present participle galloping, simple past and past participle galloped)
- To ride at a galloping pace.
- To cause to gallop.
- to gallop a horse
- 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.
- To run very fast.
- (figuratively) To go rapidly or carelessly, as in making a hasty examination.
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.