verb (used without object), leaped or leapt, leap·ing.
verb (used with object), leaped or leapt, leap·ing.
Origin of leap
Synonyms for leap
Examples from the Web for leap
Contemporary Examples of leap
Peter Christopherson made the leap to life on the bandstand and became a pioneer in the industrial music genre.The Golden Age of Rock Album Covers
December 5, 2014
Another common prank was to spin the cannon in the direction of the major, causing him to leap out of the way.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
It was a small step in learning to stick to my guns, but a leap in my comprehension of phonetics.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
But in this case the leap from the known to the unknown is extreme.Can Anyone Make Space Safe for Civilians?
November 4, 2014
Obviously, Sister Cristina had a change of heart—or a leap of faith.What Does a Pop-Star Nun Sing? Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin,’ Of Course
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of leap
Again we take a leap of about twenty years, and alight in the midst of the Revolution.Old News
He had but to say to me, 'Leap into the water,' and I would not have stopped to pull off my coat.Night and Morning, Complete
He was throwing back the robe to leap from the sleigh when the figure reached him.Tiverton Tales
Kirkwood rose, balancing himself against the leap and sway of the boat.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Tired and weighted, she dared not try the leap; she skirted around.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
verb leaps, leaping, leapt or leaped
Word Origin for leap
c.1200, from Old English hleapan "to jump, run, leap" (class VII strong verb; past tense hleop, past participle hleapen), from Proto-Germanic *khlaupan (cf. Old Saxon hlopan, Old Norse hlaupa, Old Frisian hlapa, Dutch lopen, Old High German hlouffan, German laufen "to run," Gothic us-hlaupan "to jump up"), of uncertain origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. Leap-frog, the children's game, is attested by that name from 1590s; figurative use by 1704.
First loke and aftirward lepe [proverb recorded from mid-15c.]
Related: Leaped; leaping.
c.1200, from Old English hliep, hlyp (West Saxon), *hlep (Mercian, Northumbrian) "a leap, bound, spring, sudden movement; thing to leap from;" common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian hlep, Dutch loop, Old High German hlouf, German lauf); from the root of leap (v.). Leaps has been paired with bounds since at least 1720.
In addition to the idioms beginning with leap
- leap in the dark
- leap of faith
- by leaps and bounds
- look before you leap
- quantum leap
Also see underjump.