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[kuh-vawrt] /kəˈvɔrt/
verb (used without object)
to prance or caper about.
to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry.
Origin of cavort
1785-95, Americanism; earlier cavault, perhaps cur(vet) + vault2
Related forms
cavorter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cavort
  • 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.
  • Every once in a while a tiny, buxom fiddler would cavort across the stage, tossing her white-blond mane.
  • Even the dolphins seem more exuberant as they cavort with surfers.
  • Some tend to cavort overhead in plain view, while others conceal themselves atop tall trees.
  • Little putti cavort over the tendrils, as though playing tag with one another or hunting butterflies.
  • Their charges wrestle on a rug, climb on a plastic play set and cavort in a pool.
  • Now dragons cavort over grillwork and carpeting, and exotic faces peer down from decorative columns.
British Dictionary definitions for cavort


(intransitive) to prance; caper
Derived Forms
cavorter, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from curvet
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Word Origin and History for cavort

1793, cauvaut, American English, of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be an alteration of curvet "a leap by a horse," from French and related to curve (v.). Or perhaps from ca- colloquial intensive prefix + vault "to jump, leap." Modern form attested by 1829. Related: Cavorted; cavorting.

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