“I see what this man [the president] sees in you,” Stewart gallantly replied.
He was there at Gettysburg, gallantly leading outnumbered Yankee divisions before suffering a neck injury.
He was obliged to raise the siege of Metz, which was gallantly defended by the Duke of Guise.
He took the hand which she extended and, bending over it, kissed it gallantly.
But the Captain gallantly helped her and Eeny-Meeny made her overland journey with perfect ease.
"It is very kind of you to return at all," replied Dan, gallantly enough.
Towson's company of artillery, which was attached to it, gallantly commenced, and with it sustained the action.
A few of them gallantly reached the Turkish trenches and fell there.
The buck was running easily, but gallantly refusing to abandon his mate to her cowardly foes.
The Colonel said gallantly: "I don't expect there's much to forgive."
mid-15c., "showy, finely dressed; gay, merry," from Old French galant "courteous," earlier "amusing, entertaining; lively, bold" (14c.), present participle of galer "rejoice, make merry," generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- "good, well," from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon "to wander, go on a pilgrimage"), from PIE *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)), "but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up" [OED]. Sense of "politely attentive to women" was adopted 17c. from French.
"man of fashion and pleasure," mid-15c., earlier "dissolute man, rake" (early 15c.); from gallant (adj.).