verb (used without object), loped, lop·ing.
verb (used with object), loped, lop·ing.
Origin of lope
Examples from the Web for loped
"I'm sure for you then, Steve," the lad called back, as he loped forward after the girl.A Texas Ranger|William MacLeod Raine
He loped along the winding trail through the coulee's bottom and climbed the hill beyond.The Flying U's Last Stand|B. M. Bower
Now Mike had loped silently over the frozen ground toward the direction of the timber cutting, without ever looking behind him.Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
He was being hoisted up the cliff when Lennon loped after Slade down-trail around a sharp bend in the cañon.Bloom of Cactus|Robert Ames Bennet
The youth did not hear the regular beat of hoofs as Williams loped up, until the colt, stilt-legged, emitted a weak nicker.Overland Red|Henry Herbert Knibbs
Word Origin 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.