or gal·a·vant

[ gal-uh-vant, gal-uh-vant ]
/ ˈgæl əˌvænt, ˌgæl əˈvænt /

verb (used without object)

to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
to go about with members of the opposite sex.

Origin of gallivant

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

Related forms

gal·li·vant·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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