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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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Historical Examples
  • We loped across the rolling grass-land and by the groves of strange trees, through the brilliant weather.

  • Across the lawn he loped, and little François, anxious at the window, spied him.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • His horse's hoofs were presently flinging dirt toward the Twin Star as he loped up to the hills.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • For half an hour they loped over the prairie without speech.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • As we sat down to breakfast he loped off into the forest and before we got up the bells of the horses were jingling in the hollow.

  • Howells shook hands with the boys, and then loped off to get his dunnage.

  • Oliver loped Poche to an obscure deer path that led down to the river, and as swiftly as possible began negotiating it.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • And each man took a new grip on his cant-dog handle and loped on.

  • Frank loped down the runway for perhaps fifty feet, speeding up toward the middle of the run.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • "Reckon he was a grizzly, an' I'm jest as well pleased thet he loped off," said Roy.

British Dictionary definitions for loped


(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 loped



"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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