gallivant

gallivant

[gal-uh-vant, gal-uh-vant]
verb (used without object)
1.
to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
2.
to go about with members of the opposite sex.
Also, galavant.


Origin:
1815–25; perhaps fanciful alteration of gallant

gallivanter, noun
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gallivant, galivant or galavant (ˈɡælɪˌvænt)
 
vb
(intr) to go about in search of pleasure; gad about
 
[C19: perhaps whimsical modification of gallant]
 
galivant, galivant or galavant
 
vb
 
[C19: perhaps whimsical modification of gallant]
 
galavant, galivant or galavant
 
vb
 
[C19: perhaps whimsical modification of gallant]

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gallivant
1819, probably a playful elaboration of gallant in an obsolete verbal sense of "play the gallant, flirt, gad about." Related: Gallivanting.
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