[ 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.


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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British Dictionary definitions for lope

/ (ləʊp) /


(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

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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