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galumph

[guh-luhmf]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to move along heavily and clumsily.
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Origin of galumph

1872; phonesthemic invention of Lewis Carroll, perhaps blend of gallop and triumphant
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Historical Examples

  • Down the drive ran Tony, with William galumphing beside him.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • But the porcupines went on galumphing around us, and none of the collection seemed much disturbed.

    The Tent Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine


British Dictionary definitions for galumphing

galumph

verb
  1. (intr) informal to leap or move about clumsily or joyfully
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Word Origin

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

galumph

v.

"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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