verb (used without object)
- gallium arsenide,
Origin of gallivant
Examples from the Web for gallivanting
After years of gallivanting around town, his social life began to pale.
I married the daughter of a former Methodist minister and spent the past year gallivanting through 52 different churches.
He left me for “business reasons,” though the business had mainly to do with gallivanting with other women in England.
You come to my house, do one day's solid work, and then get gallivanting off with an exploration party.The Hero of Panama|F. S. Brereton
My father's parlour had no welcome, a soldier's household left no vacant hours for an only daughter's gallivanting.Gilian The Dreamer|Neil Munro
Anyway, the master's off gallivanting for the day, and mayhap it'll take his mind off the mills a bit.Sarah's School Friend|May Baldwin
The fellow has shot away thousands and thousands—been gallivanting among his foreign duchesses and countesses.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
"'Gallivanting' is not the word with which to describe our triumphal march around New York," objected Elfreda.Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College|Jessie Graham Flower
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]