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lope

[ lohp ]
/ loʊp /
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verb (used without object), loped, lop·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), loped, lop·ing.
to cause to lope, as a horse.
noun
the act or the gait of loping.
a long, easy stride.
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Origin of lope

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English lopen, loupen, laupen “to jump, leap,” from Old Norse hlaupa “to leap, spring, climb”; akin to Dutch lopen “to run”; cognate with Old English hlēapan “to leap”; see leap;cf. loup2
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How to use lope in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lope

lope
/ (ləʊp) /

verb
(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
noun
a long steady gait or stride

Derived forms of lope

loper, noun

Word Origin for lope

C15: from Old Norse hlaupa to leap; compare Middle Dutch lopen to run
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