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Sunday, December 12, 2010

gallivant

\GAL-uh-vant\ , verb;
1.
To wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
2.
To go about with members of the opposite sex.
Quotes:
But this year, photographer Karl Lagerfeld included a few men in his all-model cast, meaning that the girls get to gallivant across the pages with gorgeous male playthings.
-- Emily Cronin, "Karl Lagerfeld brings men to the Pirelli calendar," Elle, UK, November, 2010.
Color me glad, with a caveat: my foot's still swollen and won't fit into any of my cute shoes, which means I can gallivant all over town, all I want - in bedroom slippers.
-- Lynne Horner, "Second Thoughts, the Maui News, November, 2010.
Origin:
Gallivant has an uncertain origin, but likely stems from a playful take on gallant, "brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous."
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