[ gal-uh-vant, gal-uh-vant ]
/ ˈgæl əˌvænt, ˌgæl əˈvænt /
Save This Word!
verb (used without object)
to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
to go about frivolously and publicly with multiple romantic partners.
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?
Rarely gal·i·vant .
Origin of gallivant
First recorded in 1815–25; perhaps fanciful alteration of gallant
OTHER WORDS FROM gallivantgal·li·vant·er, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use gallivant in a sentence
Surely, a designer working towards showtime wouldn't have the time to spend galavanting?Kanye Not Showing In Paris|Isabel Wilkinson|September 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
You go galavanting off to tea with no regard for my feelings.Marjorie Dean College Junior|Pauline Lester
This is a fine thing, this is, keeping me watching and waiting these hours, while you have been galavanting—ah!Talkers|John Bate
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
British Dictionary definitions for gallivant
galivant or galavant
/ (ˈɡælɪˌvænt) /
(intr) to go about in search of pleasure; gad about
Word Origin for gallivant
C19: perhaps whimsical modification of gallant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012