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.
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How to use lope in a sentence
Still a-shiver at dawn, I saddled up and loped for the crest of the nearest divide to get the benefit of the first sun-rays.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The little black monkey dropped from his tree and loped after the keeper, and the woods swallowed them all.The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
When he fired the rabbit gave a jump that sent the snow flying and loped away across the orchard.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
And Urson had already loped a couple of steps after the fleeting mutant, now halfway down the block.The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
Meanwhile from many points the destined warriors loped over the rolling landscape to the rendezvous.The Way of an Indian | Frederic Remington
British Dictionary definitions for lope
(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
- loper, noun
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