verb (used without object), leaped or leapt, leap·ing.
verb (used with object), leaped or leapt, leap·ing.
Origin of leap
Related formsleap·er, noun
British Dictionary definitions for by leaps and bounds
verb leaps, leaping, leapt or leaped
Derived Formsleaper, noun
Word Origin for leap
Idioms and Phrases with by leaps and bounds (1 of 2)
by leaps and bounds
Rapidly, or in fast progress, as in The corn is growing by leaps and bounds, or School enrollment is increasing by leaps and bounds. This term is a redundancy, since leap and bound both mean “spring” or “jump,” but the two words have been paired since Shakespeare's time and are still so used.
Idioms and Phrases with by leaps and bounds (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with leap
- leap in the dark
- leap of faith
- by leaps and bounds
- look before you leap
- quantum leap
Also see underjump.