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

Examples from the Web for galumphing

Historical Examples of galumphing

  • 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



(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 galumphing



"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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