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gallivant

or galavant

[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.
Origin of gallivant
1815-1825
1815-25; perhaps fanciful alteration of gallant
Related forms
gallivanter, noun
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  • There is no use of your gallivanting over the country after your husband; he ought to come to you.

    Her Ladyship's Elephant David Dwight Wells
  • I will have no gallivanting, no cozening and smiling and prating and distracting.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Anyway, the master's off gallivanting for the day, and mayhap it'll take his mind off the mills a bit.

    Sarah's School Friend May Baldwin
  • She refuses, thinking he has been gallivanting with some other lady.

  • "'gallivanting' is not the word with which to describe our triumphal march around New York," objected Elfreda.

  • You come to my house, do one day's solid work, and then get gallivanting off with an exploration party.

    The Hero of Panama F. S. Brereton
  • She was quite friendly, although so stout, and she said we oughtn't to be gallivanting about all on our own.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
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
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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]

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