- to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
- to go about with members of the opposite sex.
Origin of gallivant
Examples from the Web for gallivanting
After years of gallivanting around town, his social life began to pale.The Man Who Created Disco Beauty
March 31, 2010
I married the daughter of a former Methodist minister and spent the past year gallivanting through 52 different churches.Jesus Made Me a Better Jew
December 24, 2008
He left me for “business reasons,” though the business had mainly to do with gallivanting with other women in England.I Helped Save Claus von Bulow
December 9, 2008
He has too many serious affairs of life in hand to be in the humour for gallivanting.John Splendid
I will have no gallivanting, no cozening and smiling and prating and distracting.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
She refuses, thinking he has been gallivanting with some other lady.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
He's been gallivanting again after that ill-bred Miss Catfish.Two in a Zoo
Surely she must be gallivanting with that young sergeant of engineers.Maximina
Armando Palacio Valds
galivant or galavant
- (intr) to go about in search of pleasure; gad about
Word Origin and History for gallivanting
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]