cavort

[kuh-vawrt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to prance or caper about.
2.
to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry.

Origin:
1785–95, Americanism; earlier cavault, perhaps cur(vet) + vault2

cavorter, noun
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cavort (kəˈvɔːt)
 
vb
(intr) to prance; caper
 
[C19: perhaps from curvet]
 
ca'vorter
 
n

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cavort
1793, cauvaut, Amer.Eng., probably from ca- colloquial intens. prefix + vault "jump, leap."
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Example sentences
AS the taxi drivers cavort about town they don't sigh for the good old days.
She goes home depleted, while her white colleagues cavort on the tennis court.
And our high level of pitched rhetoric, both sides cavort with a dictionary of
  violence.
While their mothers doze, the half brothers cavort near their snoring father.
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