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[gal-uh p] /ˈgæl əp/
verb (used without object)
to ride a horse at a gallop; ride at full speed:
They galloped off to meet their friends.
to run rapidly by leaps, as a horse; go at a gallop.
to go fast, race, or hurry, as a person or time.
verb (used with object)
to cause (a horse or other animal) to gallop.
a fast gait of the horse or other quadruped in which, in the course of each stride, all four feet are off the ground at once.
a run or ride at this gait.
a rapid rate of going.
a period of going rapidly.
Origin of gallop
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English galopen (v.) < Old French galoper < Frankish *wala hlaupan to run well (see well1, leap) or, alternatively, verbal derivative of *walhlaup, equivalent to *wal battlefield (cognate with Old High German wal; see Valkyrie) + *hlaup run, course (derivative of the v.)
Related forms
galloper, noun
outgallop, verb (used with object)
3. run, rush, dash, speed, fly, scoot. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gallop
  • The agitated zebras gallop back and forth in short, panicky dashes, then skitter off into the absolute darkness.
  • He studied the literature to learn how two- and four-legged animals strut and gallop, then looked at six-legged creatures.
  • Horses do indeed bring all their legs off the ground during each cycle of a gallop.
  • Aside from its surprising gallop and its anti-clotting saliva, the bat also has a heat-seeking face.
  • Set a beggar on horseback, and he will ride a gallop.
  • My horse was to do her usual slow gallop after jogging a half mile.
  • It can take several hundred meters to pull up after a full-out gallop.
British Dictionary definitions for gallop


verb -lops, -loping, -loped
(intransitive) (of a horse or other quadruped) to run fast with a two-beat stride in which all four legs are off the ground at once
to ride (a horse, etc) at a gallop
(intransitive) to move, read, talk, etc, rapidly; hurry
the fast two-beat gait of horses and other quadrupeds
an instance of galloping
Derived Forms
galloper, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French galoper, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for gallop

early 15c., from Middle French galoper (12c.), cognate of Old North French waloper, from Frankish *wala hlaupan "to run well" (see wallop). Related: Galloped; galloping.


1520s, from gallop (v.).

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gallop in Medicine

gallop gal·lop (gāl'əp)
A triple cadence to the heart sounds at rates of 100 beats per minute or more due to an abnormal third or fourth heart sound being heard in addition to the first and second sounds. Also called cantering rhythm, gallop rhythm.

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