- 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
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
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 and History 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.