verb (used without object), leaped or leapt, leap·ing.
verb (used with object), leaped or leapt, leap·ing.
Origin of leap
Synonyms for leap
Related Words for leapedrocket, skip, rise, ascend, bound, bounce, surge, hop, vault, soar, caper, advance, cavort, escalate, spring, mount, lop, hurdle, frisk, arise
Examples from the Web for leaped
Contemporary Examples of leaped
A boy in shorts kicked the game ball into the goal, then leaped in celebration.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
Once Ranbaxy got FDA approval, it leaped straight into making commercial-size batches without any meaningful dry runs.Those Generic Drugs May Not Have Been What You Thought They Were
May 17, 2013
Top Gun director Tony Scott leaped to his death off a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday.Director Tony Scott’s Death Seen as Suicide After He Leaped From Bridge
August 20, 2012
Gadell leaped for cover behind a stoop and shot back, emptying his .38-caliber Smith Wesson.‘Glock’ by Paul Barrett: Interview and Excerpt
The Daily Beast
January 8, 2012
Deng leaped from a California commuter college to the Yale School of Management.Wendi Murdoch’s Pie Smackdown
Samuel P. Jacobs
July 19, 2011
Historical Examples of leaped
When he leaped to one side to make the shot, Andrew was already among the trees.Way of the Lawless
He leaped toward Garson—would have wrenched the pistol from the other's grasp.Within the Law
The Judge sprang from the car, leaped the stream, and started toward them.Her Father's Daughter
He leaped to his feet and seized her savagely by the shoulders.
All over the camp the porters, startled, leaped to their feet.
verb leaps, leaping, leapt or leaped
Word Origin for leap
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.
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.
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.