He left me for “business reasons,” though the business had mainly to do with gallivanting with other women in England.
I married the daughter of a former Methodist minister and spent the past year gallivanting through 52 different churches.
After years of gallivanting around town, his social life began to pale.
There is no use of your gallivanting over the country after your husband; he ought to come to you.
I will have no gallivanting, no cozening and smiling and prating and distracting.
Anyway, the master's off gallivanting for the day, and mayhap it'll take his mind off the mills a bit.
She refuses, thinking he has been gallivanting with some other lady.
"'gallivanting' is not the word with which to describe our triumphal march around New York," objected Elfreda.
You come to my house, do one day's solid work, and then get gallivanting off with an exploration party.
She was quite friendly, although so stout, and she said we oughtn't to be gallivanting about all on our own.
1809, probably a playful elaboration of gallant in an obsolete verbal sense of "play the gallant, flirt, gad about." Related: Gallivanted; gallivanting.
Young Lobski said to his ugly wife,
"I'm off till to-morrow to fish, my life;"
Says Mrs. Lobski, "I'm sure you a'nt",
But you brute you are going to gallivant."
What Mrs. Lobski said was right,
Gay Mr. Lobski was out all night.
He ne'er went to fish, 'tis known very well
But where he went I shall not tell.
["Songs from the Exile," in "Literary Panorama," London, 1809]