[ gal-uhp ]
/ ˈgæl əp /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause (a horse or other animal) to gallop.


Origin of gallop

1375–1425; late Middle English galopen (v.) < Old French galoper < Frankish *wala hlaupan to run well (see well1, leap) or, alternatively, verbal derivative of *walhlaup, equivalent to *wal battlefield (cognate with Old High German wal; see Valkyrie) + *hlaup run, course (derivative of the v.)


gal·lop·er, nounout·gal·lop, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gallop

/ (ˈɡæləp) /

verb -lops, -loping or -loped

(intr) (of a horse or other quadruped) to run fast with a two-beat stride in which all four legs are off the ground at once
to ride (a horse, etc) at a gallop
(intr) to move, read, talk, etc, rapidly; hurry


the fast two-beat gait of horses and other quadrupeds
an instance of galloping

Derived forms of gallop

galloper, noun

Word Origin for gallop

C16: from Old French galoper, of uncertain origin
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Medical definitions for gallop

[ găləp ]


A triple cadence to the heart sounds at rates of 100 beats per minute or more due to an abnormal third or fourth heart sound being heard in addition to the first and second sounds.gallop rhythm
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