Elope Definition

eloped, elopes, eloping
eloped, elopes, eloping
To run away secretly, esp. in order to get married.
Webster's New World
To run away; escape; abscond.
Webster's New World

Origin of Elope

  • Perhaps Anglo-Norman aloper to run away from one's husband with a lover from Middle Dutch ontlopen to run away ont- away from, along ant- in Indo-European roots lopen to run

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman aloper (“to abduct, run away”), perhaps from Old French es- (“out, away”) + Middle English lepen (“run, leap”) or Middle Dutch lopen (“run”). See lope.

    From Wiktionary

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