Definition of gallop verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gallop

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gallop
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləp//
     
    he / she / it gallops
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləps//
     
    past simple gallopped
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləpt//
     
    past participle gallopped
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləpt//
     
    past simple galloped
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləpt//
     
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    past participle galloped
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləpt//
     
    -ing form gallopping
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləpɪŋ//
     
    -ing form galloping
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləpɪŋ//
     
    Equine sports
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) when a horse or similar animal gallops, it moves very fast and each stride includes a stage when all four feet are off the ground together The terrified horse galloped off. The ponies galloped along the sand. compare canter Wordfinderbridle, gallop, harness, horse, paddock, rein, stable, stirrup, tack, thoroughbred See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to ride a horse very fast, usually at a gallop (+ adv./prep.) Jo galloped across the field towards him. gallop something (+ adv./prep.) He galloped his horse home. compare canter See related entries: Equine sports
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (informal) (of a person) to run very quickly synonym charge She came galloping down the street.
  4. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Old French galop (noun), galoper, variants of Old Northern French walop, waloper, perhaps from a Germanic phrase meaning ‘run well’, from the bases of well ‘good’ and leap.Extra examples Dick galloped down the stairs to greet them. Seb came galloping into the camp. She galloped her horse all the way home. The cavalry galloped past in a cloud of dust. The colt galloped madly around the pen. The horse neighed and galloped off across the field. The kids came galloping along the street.
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