[ guh-luhmf ]
/ gəˈlʌmf /
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verb (used without object)
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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How to use galumph in a sentence

  • The two of us took a sharp turn toward the towering mounds of sand and galumphed up them with about as much grace as a newborn buffalo.

  • The bear comes galumphing on, his hair on end, his sideways strut showing his anger and his readiness for the battle.

    Adventures in Alaska|Samuel Hall Young
  • But the porcupines went on galumphing around us, and none of the collection seemed much disturbed.

    The Tent Dwellers|Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Down the drive ran Tony, with William galumphing beside him.

    Jan and Her Job|L. Allen Harker

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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