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
This time he did not regain his poise, but with a movement that seemed half a leap, half a fall, launched himself into mid-air.Hour of Enchantment
Roy J. Snell
The leap of something within her and the stir of her being toward him must be sinful.The Game
And, on the other hand, she saw Bruce leap up to the very apex of popularity.Counsel for the Defense
It was "no Curtius leap, but mutton madness," and the hotheads are compared to the Gadarene swine.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. III of IV
Charles L. Graves
Never but once was recorded so frightful a leap as that of Tabaro and his four companions.The Spanish Pioneers
Charles F. Lummis
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.