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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.
1785-95, Americanism; earlier cavault, perhaps cur(vet) + vault2
Related forms
cavorter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cavorting
  • Photos in the lobby show the royal family cavorting in the pool and attending formal parties.
  • Your dog knows in a sniff if you have been cavorting with the despised feline next door or fingering his favorite treats.
  • Only a few minutes before, incidentally, the youngsters are seen happily cavorting in a lawn swimming pool.
  • It evokes the idea of people cavorting around with manic grins on their faces.
  • The two together made the whole package: the satyr in the creamery, cavorting among the dairymaids.
  • Audiences who were pleased to watch the animated cavorting of mice and dwarfs didn't care to be elevated.
  • Eventually everyone is cavorting happily, back in dresses and shirts and slacks.
  • The image presented here of two dragons cavorting among clouds and waves is a variant.
  • Visitors spotted these two otters cavorting in the park's pond.
  • Otter are occasionally seen swimming and cavorting in the river.
British Dictionary definitions for cavorting


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



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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