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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.
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 galloped
  • Once the outcome was clear, he galloped quickly to where a packet ship was waiting.
  • For example, the market for credit derivatives galloped far ahead of its supporting infrastructure.
  • One galloped away immediately, but the other one lingered in the middle of the road, staring at us.
  • As it galloped along at a steady and rhythmic pace, the captain began to slip from the saddle.
  • The horse galloped out the door and careened from the high veranda, fatally breaking the necks of both the rider and the horse.
  • He galloped by us the second time and he looked fantastic.
  • The horse did not appear to be injured because he galloped away.
  • They galloped as fast as the horses could be driven to reach the place in the afternoon.
  • In the corral, three horses galloped over to the fence as fast as lightning.
  • May galloped directly into enemy fire, cheering and shouting through a storm of bullets and cannonballs.
British Dictionary definitions for galloped


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 galloped



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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galloped 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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Encyclopedia Article for galloped


accelerated canter in which the rider's weight is brought sharply forward as the horse reaches speeds up to 30 miles (50 km) an hour.

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