- 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.
Origin of lope
Examples from the Web for loping
Historical Examples of loping
Lauzanne was loping leisurely with the action of a wooden rocking-horse.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Only wonder is they didnt put a bullet in him, and end his loping.The Saddle Boys at Circle Ranch
But Id give a heap if we could only overtake that loping buffalo.The Pioneer Boys of the Yellowstone
A month here and you'll be loping over the range, high, wide, and handsome.Ewing\'s Lady
Harry Leon Wilson
Twice she detected him looking from her to Tom, loping in the van.The Sheriff of Badger
George B. Pattullo
- (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
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.