verb (used without object)
- gallium arsenide,
Origin of gallivant
Examples from the Web for gallivant
Thwicket had left two minutes before, having learned that Gallivant was at the Savarin.
Quivering with excitement, Mr. Gallivant started forth in further search.
Early in 1888, as I said before, Mr. Gallivant's mustaches began to curl.
Brother Wright, de pastor, comes to see me, as I'm too feeble to gallivant so far to church.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
Mr. Gallivant slid into his overcoat, prinked up his scarlet tie, and walked breezily into Wall Street.
galivant or galavant
Word Origin for gallivant
1809, probably a playful elaboration of gallant in an obsolete verbal sense of "play the gallant, flirt, gad about." Related: Gallivanted; gallivanting.
Young Lobski said to his ugly wife,
"I'm off till to-morrow to fish, my life;"
Says Mrs. Lobski, "I'm sure you a'nt",
But you brute you are going to gallivant."
What Mrs. Lobski said was right,
Gay Mr. Lobski was out all night.
He ne'er went to fish, 'tis known very well
But where he went I shall not tell.
["Songs from the Exile," in "Literary Panorama," London, 1809]