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lope

[lohp] /loʊp/
verb (used without object), loped, loping.
1.
to move or run with bounding steps, as a quadruped, or with a long, easy stride, as a person.
2.
to canter leisurely with a rather long, easy stride, as a horse.
verb (used with object), loped, loping.
3.
to cause to lope, as a horse.
noun
4.
the act or the gait of loping.
5.
a long, easy stride.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Dutch lopen to run, cognate with Old English hlēapan to leap
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Examples from the web for loped
  • The wolf loped off with his booty, the dog running after and overtaking him in the darkness.
  • Then he loped off to join the other rebels crouched behind a stone wall.
  • What one remembers is not so much the look of him as he loped around the bases nor the unrestrained joy of the crowd.
  • Shortly thereafter, a coyote loped across not far from us.
British Dictionary definitions for loped

lope

/ləʊp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of a person) to move or run with a long swinging stride
2.
(intransitive) (of four-legged animals) to run with a regular bounding movement
3.
to cause (a horse) to canter with a long easy stride or (of a horse) to canter in this manner
noun
4.
a long steady gait or stride
Derived Forms
loper, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse hlaupa to leap; compare Middle Dutch lopen to run
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Word Origin and History for loped

lope

v.

"to run with long strides," early 15c.; earlier "to leap, jump, spring" (c.1300), from Old Norse hlaupa "to run, leap," from Proto-Germanic *khlaupan (see leap (v.)). Related: Loped; loping. The noun meaning "a jump, a leap" is from late 14c.; sense of "long, bounding stride" is from 1809.

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