cavorts

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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