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verb (used without object), loped, lop·ing.
  1. to move or run with bounding steps, as a quadruped, or with a long, easy stride, as a person.
  2. to canter leisurely with a rather long, easy stride, as a horse.
verb (used with object), loped, lop·ing.
  1. to cause to lope, as a horse.
  1. the act or the gait of loping.
  2. a long, easy stride.

Origin of lope

1375–1425; late Middle English < Dutch lopen to run, cognate with Old English hlēapan to leap
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Related Words for loped

gallop, trot, canter, run, bound

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British Dictionary definitions for loped


  1. (intr) (of a person) to move or run with a long swinging stride
  2. (intr) (of four-legged animals) to run with a regular bounding movement
  3. to cause (a horse) to canter with a long easy stride or (of a horse) to canter in this manner
  1. a long steady gait or stride
Derived Formsloper, noun

Word Origin for lope

C15: from Old Norse hlaupa to leap; compare Middle Dutch lopen to run
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Word Origin and History for loped



"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.

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