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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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  • I knew him at once among the cavorting throng of challenging devils.

  • Mnchen with dignity thrown to the winds and cavorting in the dress of a clown!

    An American Girl in Munich Mabel W. Daniels
  • There were dozens of them, frisking and cavorting in the air.

    The Piebald Hippogriff Karen Anderson
  • The women join the dance, cavorting about unclothed, just as the men do.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • Well, what idea do you suppose has been cavorting through my brain all night?

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • Have your picnic, Mr. Gwynne said, but dont expect us to do any cavorting around over it.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
British Dictionary definitions for cavorting


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



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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