[ gal-uhp ]
See synonyms for: gallopgalloping on

verb (used without object)
  1. to ride a horse at a gallop; ride at full speed: They galloped off to meet their friends.

  2. to run rapidly by leaps, as a horse; go at a gallop.

  1. to go fast, race, or hurry, as a person or time.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (a horse or other animal) to gallop.

  1. a fast gait of the horse or other quadruped in which, in the course of each stride, all four feet are off the ground at once.

  2. a run or ride at this gait.

  1. a rapid rate of going.

  2. a period of going rapidly.

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.)

Other words for gallop

Other words from gallop

  • gal·lop·er, noun
  • outgallop, verb (used with object)

Words Nearby gallop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gallop in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gallop


/ (ˈɡæləp) /

verb-lops, -loping or -loped
  1. (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

  2. to ride (a horse, etc) at a gallop

  1. (intr) to move, read, talk, etc, rapidly; hurry

  1. the fast two-beat gait of horses and other quadrupeds

  2. an instance of galloping

Origin of gallop

C16: from Old French galoper, of uncertain origin

Derived forms of gallop

  • galloper, noun

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