gallivant

or gal·a·vant

[ gal-uh-vant, gal-uh-vant ]
/ ˈgæl əˌvænt, ˌgæl əˈvænt /
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verb (used without object)

to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
to go about frivolously and publicly with multiple romantic partners.

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Sometimes gal·i·vant .

Origin of gallivant

First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps fanciful alteration of gallant

OTHER WORDS FROM gallivant

gal·li·vant·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for gallivant

  • Your father and your uncle Asa and Bill off galavanting around and fighting when they ought to be protecting their home!

    The Little Regiment|Stephen Crane
  • This is a fine thing, this is, keeping me watching and waiting these hours, while you have been galavanting—ah!

    Talkers|John Bate

British Dictionary definitions for gallivant

gallivant

galivant or galavant

/ (ˈɡælɪˌvænt) /

verb

(intr) to go about in search of pleasure; gad about

Word Origin for gallivant

C19: perhaps whimsical modification of gallant
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