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gallivant

or gal·a·vant

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

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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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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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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