verb (used without object), loped, loping.
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.
verb (used with object), loped, loping.
to cause to lope, as a horse.
the act or the gait of loping.
a long, easy stride.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Dutch lopen to run, cognate with Old English hlēapan to leap

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lope (ləʊp)
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
4.  a long steady gait or stride
[C15: from Old Norse hlaupa to leap; compare Middle Dutch lopen to run]

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Word Origin & History

"to run with long strides," c.1825; earlier "to leap, jump, spring" (late 15c.), from O.N. hlaupa "to run, leap," from same Gmc. root as leap and gallop.
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Example sentences
They dance, leap or lope past, often completely obscured by flowing garments.
Dingoes regularly lope near homes and campsites, where people often toss them scraps.
In the off-season parking is plentiful, joggers lope along the macadam lot, and dogs frolic on the beach.
While not built for land travel, the otter does move along rapidly in an awkward lope.
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