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[kuh-vawrt] /kəˈvɔrt/
verb (used without object)
to prance or caper about.
to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry.
Origin of cavort
1785-95, Americanism; earlier cavault, perhaps cur(vet) + vault2
Related forms
cavorter, noun Unabridged
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  • Without "cavort" or a "list to port," is as hard—as song to a Neddy!

  • At that moment the animal began to cavort, and backed into a flower-bed.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • In the saddle they kin ride, and cavort around hours an hours.

  • They are in both male and female attire, and dance and cavort to the delight of the guests.

    North Dakota Various
  • I've always yearned to go back and cavort over the campus in the fall when college opened; but not for me no more!

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • Mamma Pepperall watched him cavort a moment, then sniffed contemptuously, and rolled out like a fireman summoned.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • It has a bathing beach where the gals show what they've got and fat men flounder and cavort far beyond their capacities.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • I admit that it was a beautiful sight to see them cavort around that ploughed field.

British Dictionary definitions for cavort


(intransitive) to prance; caper
Derived Forms
cavorter, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from curvet
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Word Origin and History for cavort

1793, cauvaut, American English, of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be an alteration of curvet "a leap by a horse," from French and related to curve (v.). Or perhaps from ca- colloquial intensive prefix + vault "to jump, leap." Modern form attested by 1829. Related: Cavorted; cavorting.

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