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cavort

[kuh-vawrt] /kəˈvɔrt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to prance or caper about.
2.
to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry.
Origin of cavort
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; earlier cavault, perhaps cur(vet) + vault2
Related forms
cavorter, noun
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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

cavort

/kəˈvɔːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to prance; caper
Derived Forms
cavorter, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from curvet
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Word Origin and History for cavorting

cavort

v.

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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