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



    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləp//
    Equine sports
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  1. 1[singular] the fastest speed at which a horse can run, with a stage in which all four feet are off the ground together He rode off at a gallop. My horse suddenly broke into a gallop. See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2[countable] a ride on a horse at its fastest speed to go for a gallop See related entries: Equine sports
  3. 3[singular] an unusually fast speed She always lives life at a gallop.
  4. Word Originearly 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 The horses broke into a gallop when they heard the gunshot. The noise startled the horse into a gallop. The programme starts with a gallop through the history of the railway. They reached the farm at a gallop. riders coming at full gallop Diane urged her horse into a gallop.
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