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cavort

[kuh-vawrt] /kəˈvɔrt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to prance or caper about.
2.
to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; earlier cavault, perhaps cur(vet) + vault2
Related forms
cavorter, noun
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  • Below them cavorted the finest athletes in the world.
  • It was also home to a couple of river otters that cavorted in a specially outfitted tank.
  • She danced and cavorted about as if anxious to acknowledge the reception.
British Dictionary definitions for cavorted

cavort

/kəˈvɔːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to prance; caper
Derived Forms
cavorter, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from curvet
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Word Origin and History for cavorted

cavort

v.

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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