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[lohp] /loʊp/
verb (used without object), loped, loping.
to move or run with bounding steps, as a quadruped, or with a long, easy stride, as a person.
to canter leisurely with a rather long, easy stride, as a horse.
verb (used with object), loped, loping.
to cause to lope, as a horse.
the act or the gait of loping.
a long, easy stride.
Origin of lope
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Dutch lopen to run, cognate with Old English hlēapan to leap Unabridged
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  • He was moving leisurely, keeping his horse at the cattle pony's lope.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The horse broke into a lope on the level stretch in answer to the spur.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • The six blue figures were only fifty feet away, approaching him at a lope.

    Acid Bath Vaseleos Garson
  • Without waiting for him to reply, she urged her horse into a lope.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • The ponies were coming at the lope now, and not an instant was to be lost.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • Without a word in reply the Elder turned his horse and started off at a lope.

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
  • They had scented danger, but it was too late for the foremost to turn and lope off.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • He was taught not to trot, but to go directly from the walk to the "lope."

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • The great lope, in 1630, acknowledged him as a poet and his friend.

British Dictionary definitions for lope


(intransitive) (of a person) to move or run with a long swinging stride
(intransitive) (of four-legged animals) to run with a regular bounding movement
to cause (a horse) to canter with a long easy stride or (of a horse) to canter in this manner
a long steady gait or stride
Derived Forms
loper, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse hlaupa to leap; compare Middle Dutch lopen to run
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Word Origin and History for lope

"to run with long strides," early 15c.; earlier "to leap, jump, spring" (c.1300), from Old Norse hlaupa "to run, leap," from Proto-Germanic *khlaupan (see leap (v.)). Related: Loped; loping. The noun meaning "a jump, a leap" is from late 14c.; sense of "long, bounding stride" is from 1809.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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