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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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Examples from the Web for loping
Historical Examples
  • Lauzanne was loping leisurely with the action of a wooden rocking-horse.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Only wonder is they didnt put a bullet in him, and end his loping.

  • But Id give a heap if we could only overtake that loping buffalo.

  • A month here and you'll be loping over the range, high, wide, and handsome.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Twice she detected him looking from her to Tom, loping in the van.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • Through the gloaming another boy was loping in, on a spotted pony.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • A rider had just reined his horse round and was loping toward them.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Pursuers—he could not count how many—were loping along in his rear.

  • A minute later, however, it sprang into life as Captain Baldwin led his men onto the field through the same gate at a loping run.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • Now the horses were loping steadily in their endless circling—a pace they could hold for hours if need be.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for loping


(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 loping



"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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