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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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Examples from the web for loping
  • 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.
  • He is unusually tall for a pianist, with a high brow and a loping stride.
  • Radically pruning trees by loping off their leafy tops makes trees more unstable and dangerous.
  • Their characteristic loping gait leaves double print or paired tracks.
  • Simply reducing speed will often eliminate the loping effect of a machine.
  • In search of prey, they move along in loping bounds from one burrow to the next.
  • They have a bounding or loping gait on land and their distinctive bound and slide mode of travel on snow is unmistakable.
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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