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[guh-luhmf] /gəˈlʌmf/
verb (used without object)
to move along heavily and clumsily.
Origin of galumph
1872; phonesthemic invention of Lewis Carroll, perhaps blend of gallop and triumphant Unabridged
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  • Down the drive ran Tony, with William galumphing beside him.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • But the porcupines went on galumphing around us, and none of the collection seemed much disturbed.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for galumphing


/ɡəˈlʌmpf; -ˈlʌmf/
(intransitive) (informal) to leap or move about clumsily or joyfully
Word Origin
C19 (coined by Lewis Carroll): probably a blend of gallop + triumph
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Word Origin and History for galumphing



"to prance about in a self-satisfied manner," 1872, coined by Lewis Carroll in "Jabberwocky," apparently by blending gallop and triumph. Related: Galumphing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for galumphing



Ungraceful; heavy and cumbersome: his dead eyes, croaky voice, and large galumphing body (1891+)



To move or cavort ungracefully; crash heavily about: Linda Evans galumphing around the edges like a wounded rhino/ who had seen him practically every day of his life galumphing around the house naked

[1872+; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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