follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

gallivant

[gal-uh-vant, gal-uh-vant] /ˈgæl əˌvænt, ˌgæl əˈvænt/
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
1815-1825
1815-25; perhaps fanciful alteration of gallant
Related forms
gallivanter, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for gallivanting
  • He seems to spend all of his time gallivanting around the state, doing little.
  • And this comes of wanting to marry at this time of life, and gallivanting on railroads.
British Dictionary definitions for gallivanting

gallivant

/ˈɡælɪˌvænt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to go about in search of pleasure; gad about
Word Origin
C19: perhaps whimsical modification of gallant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gallivanting

gallivant

v.

1809, probably a playful elaboration of gallant in an obsolete verbal sense of "play the gallant, flirt, gad about." Related: Gallivanted; gallivanting.

Young Lobski said to his ugly wife,
"I'm off till to-morrow to fish, my life;"
Says Mrs. Lobski, "I'm sure you a'nt",
But you brute you are going to gallivant."

What Mrs. Lobski said was right,
Gay Mr. Lobski was out all night.
He ne'er went to fish, 'tis known very well
But where he went I shall not tell.

["Songs from the Exile," in "Literary Panorama," London, 1809]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gallivant

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gallivanting

17
24
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with gallivanting

Nearby words for gallivanting