- to move or run with bounding steps, as a quadruped, or with a long, easy stride, as a person.
- to canter leisurely with a rather long, easy stride, as a horse.
- to cause to lope, as a horse.
- the act or the gait of loping.
- a long, easy stride.
Origin of lope
Examples from the Web for lope
Contemporary Examples of lope
Duane and Dicky lope backstage afterwards to “do some sniff,” as Dicky terms it.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
Historical Examples of lope
He was moving leisurely, keeping his horse at the cattle pony's lope.Way of the Lawless
The horse broke into a lope on the level stretch in answer to the spur.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
The six blue figures were only fifty feet away, approaching him at a lope.Acid Bath
Without waiting for him to reply, she urged her horse into a lope.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
The ponies were coming at the lope now, and not an instant was to be lost.Warrior Gap
- (intr) (of a person) to move or run with a long swinging stride
- (intr) (of four-legged animals) to run with a regular bounding movement
- to cause (a horse) to canter with a long easy stride or (of a horse) to canter in this manner
- a long steady gait or stride
Word Origin for lope
"to run with long strides," early 15c.; earlier "to leap, jump, spring" (c.1300), from Old Norse hlaupa "to run, leap," from Proto-Germanic *khlaupan (see leap (v.)). Related: Loped; loping. The noun meaning "a jump, a leap" is from late 14c.; sense of "long, bounding stride" is from 1809.