verb (used without object), loped, loping.
to move or run with bounding steps, as a quadruped, or with a long, easy stride, as a person.
to canter leisurely with a rather long, easy stride, as a horse.
verb (used with object), loped, loping.
to cause to lope, as a horse.
the act or the gait of loping.
a long, easy stride.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Dutch lopen to run, cognate with Old English hlēapan to leap

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lope (ləʊp)
1.  (intr) (of a person) to move or run with a long swinging stride
2.  (intr) (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
4.  a long steady gait or stride
[C15: from Old Norse hlaupa to leap; compare Middle Dutch lopen to run]

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Word Origin & History

"to run with long strides," c.1825; earlier "to leap, jump, spring" (late 15c.), from O.N. hlaupa "to run, leap," from same Gmc. root as leap and gallop.
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Example sentences
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.
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