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
Ibex and oryx will scatter at your approach, loping to higher ground as you
  wind among the arching papyrus reeds.
He pointed to one in the distance, loping away at the sight of us.
The wild dogs seem to be merely loping along, even as they match the impalas'
  blazing speed.
For on the article and without the benefit of his leering delivery, cigar and
  loping walk, many of them fall flat.
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