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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.
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verb (used with object), loped, lop·ing.
  1. to cause to lope, as a horse.
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  1. the act or the gait of loping.
  2. a long, easy stride.
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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 loping

gallop, trot, canter, run, bound

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Historical Examples of loping

  • Lauzanne was loping leisurely with the action of a wooden rocking-horse.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Only wonder is they didnt put a bullet in him, and end his loping.

  • But Id give a heap if we could only overtake that loping buffalo.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for loping


  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
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  1. a long steady gait or stride
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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 loping



"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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