- brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous: a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.
- exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.
- stately; grand: a gallant pageant.
- showy, colorful, or stylish, as in dress; magnificent.
- amorous; amatory.
- a brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
- a man exceptionally attentive to women.
- a stylish and dashing man.
- a suitor or lover.
- a paramour.
- to court or act as a lover of (a woman).
- to escort (a woman).
- to attend or pay court as a gallant.
Origin of gallant
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Examples from the Web for ungallant
He stood where she had left him, and breathed a most ungallant prayer of thanks.The Tavern Knight
You're the first man who ever was so ungallant as to tell me he would be grateful to have me leave him.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
"And break your pretty neck," answered the ungallant father with indignation.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
The ungallant sentiment of the first three stanzas is obvious.
And you are as unresourceful as you are ungallant, Monsieur.Riviera Towns
Herbert Adams Gibbons
- brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashinga gallant warrior
- (ɡəˈlænt, ˈɡælənt) (of a man) attentive to women; chivalrous
- imposing; dignified; statelya gallant ship
- archaic showy in dress
- a woman's lover or suitor
- a dashing or fashionable young man, esp one who pursues women
- a brave, high-spirited, or adventurous man
- (when intr, usually foll by with) to court or flirt (with)
- (tr) to attend or escort (a woman)
Word Origin and History for ungallant
mid-15c., "showy, finely dressed; gay, merry," from Old French galant "courteous," earlier "amusing, entertaining; lively, bold" (14c.), present participle of galer "rejoice, make merry," generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- "good, well," from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon "to wander, go on a pilgrimage"), from PIE *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)), "but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up" [OED]. Sense of "politely attentive to women" was adopted 17c. from French.
"man of fashion and pleasure," mid-15c., earlier "dissolute man, rake" (early 15c.); from gallant (adj.).