[ guh-luhmf ]
/ gəˈlʌmf /

verb (used without object)

to move along heavily and clumsily.

Origin of galumph

1872; phonesthemic invention of Lewis Carroll, perhaps blend of gallop and triumphant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for galumph


/ (ɡəˈlʌmpf, -ˈlʌmf) /


(intr) informal to leap or move about clumsily or joyfully

Word Origin for galumph

C19 (coined by Lewis Carroll): probably a blend of gallop + triumph
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Word Origin and History for galumph



"to prance about in a self-satisfied manner," 1872, coined by Lewis Carroll in "Jabberwocky," apparently by blending gallop and triumph. Related: Galumphing.

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