verb (used without object), e·loped, e·lop·ing.
Origin of elope
Examples from the Web for elope
On Dec. 22, 1799, Sands told her cousins that she would be leaving to elope with a fellow boarder named Levi Weeks that night.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Daughters who elope and dare to choose their own husbands are also considered dishonorable.
I wanted to elope, but Charles really wants to have a party for our friends.The D.C. Sex Blogger on How She Went From Slut to Housewife|Jessica Cutler|December 10, 2008|DAILY BEAST
At Marsillac's boyish supplication, Ninon consented to elope with him.Superwomen|Albert Payson Terhune
He was frightfully rich, and so she agreed to elope with him.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
She'll make one of the high-flyers, without a grain of sense, and I dare say elope with the coachman.The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe|Amanda Minnie Douglas
"Well, we must elope with fear and trembling or it won't count," he cried.Nedra|George Barr McCutcheon
An apprentice of a cordwainer in the town ran away in 1764, or, as it was worded on the police notice, "did elope from service."From John O'Groats to Land's End|Robert Naylor and John Naylor
British Dictionary definitions for elope
Word Origin for elope
Word Origin and History for elope
1590s, "to run off," probably a reborrowing from Middle Dutch (ont)lopen "run away." Sense of "run from parents to marry secretly" is 19c. Anglo-French aloper "run away from a husband with one's lover" is attested from mid-14c., but there is a gap of many years.
The Anglo-French word represents Old French es- + Middle English lepen "run, leap" (see leap (v.)).
The oldest Germanic word for "wedding" is represented by Old English brydlop (cf. Old High German bruthlauft, Old Norse bruðhlaup), literally "bride run," the conducting of the woman to her new home. Related: Eloped; eloping.