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[lohp] /loʊp/
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.
Origin of lope
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Dutch lopen to run, cognate with Old English hlēapan to leap Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • After loping some distance he was sure he heard the call, and stood perfectly still to await another sound.

  • Only wonder is they didnt put a bullet in him, and end his loping.

  • But loping easily along as his ancestors might have pursued a baboon or antelope, Shir K'han overtook the screaming human.

    Deepfreeze Robert Donald Locke
  • A month here and you'll be loping over the range, high, wide, and handsome.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • A large jack-rabbit was loping slowly out of the way of the buckboard.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • A rider had just reined his horse round and was loping toward them.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • The soft ceaseless flow of words from Wally and the loping horses pushed Gin into an exaltation, after a little.

    Beginners Luck Emily Hahn
  • Pursuers—he could not count how many—were loping along in his rear.

  • Through the gloaming another boy was loping in, on a spotted pony.

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
  • The three principal gaits of the Caribou are walking, trotting, and loping.

British Dictionary definitions for loping


(intransitive) (of a person) to move or run with a long swinging stride
(intransitive) (of four-legged animals) to run with a regular bounding movement
to cause (a horse) to canter with a long easy stride or (of a horse) to canter in this manner
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 loping



"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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