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Friday, October 23, 2009

galumph

\guh-LUHM(P)F\ , intransitive verb;
1.
To move in a clumsy manner or with a heavy tread.
Quotes:
Then he climbed up the little iron ladder that led to the wharf's cap, placed me once more upon his shoulders and galumphed off again.
-- Alistair MacLeod, Island: The Complete Stories
Lizards patrol the . . . landscape, and giant tortoises galumph on the beaches.
-- Peter M. Nichols, "Galápagos", New York Times, March 30, 2001
As their owners ride tandem bikes, fly kites or run on the beach the dogs galumph alongside their masters grinning, I love you even if you are incontinent.
-- Ken Foster, Dog Culture: Writers on the Character of Canines
Origin:
Galumph is probably an alteration of gallop. It was coined by Lewis Carroll in the nonsense poem "Jabberwocky."
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