- 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.
- to cause to lope, as a horse.
- the act or the gait of loping.
- a long, easy stride.
Origin of lope
Examples from the Web for loped
The two Indians wheeled their ponies and loped after the others.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
With that the Indian rose, turned his back on them and loped into the forest.Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods
Jessie Graham Flower
Across the lawn he loped, and little François, anxious at the window, spied him.Mistress Anne
They mounted, swung their horses and loped off toward the bridge across the creek.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
For half an hour they loped over the prairie without speech.Two on the Trail
- (intr) (of a person) to move or run with a long swinging stride
- (intr) (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
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.