What does gallop mean?

Definitions for gallop
ˈgæl əpgal·lop

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gallopverb

    a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously

  2. gallopverb

    ride at a galloping pace

    "He was galloping down the road"

  3. gallopverb

    go at galloping speed

    "The horse was galloping along"

  4. gallop, extendverb

    cause to move at full gallop

    "Did you gallop the horse just now?"


  1. gallopnoun

    The fastest gait of a horse.

  2. gallopnoun

    A two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously

  3. gallopverb

    To ride at a galloping pace

  4. gallopverb

    To make electrical or other utility lines sway and/or move up and down violently, usually due to a combination of high winds and ice accrual on the lines.

  5. Etymology: galopen, from galoper, from * from * + *, from hlaupanan, from klaup-. Possibly also derived from a deverbal of from * from a Proto-Germanic word meaning "dead, victim, slain" from wel- + * from *. More at well, leap, valkyrie. See also wallop.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gallopnoun

    The motion of a horse when he runs at full speed; in which, making a kind of a leap forwards, he lifts both his forelegs very near at the same time; and while these are in the air, and just upon the point of touching the ground, he lifts both his hindlegs almost at once. Farrier’s Dict.

    Etymology: from the verb.

  2. To GALLOPverb

    Etymology: galoper, French. Derived by all the etymologists, after Budæus, from ϰαλϖάζειν; but perhaps it comes from gaut, all, and loopen, to run, Dutch; that is, to go on full speed.

    I did hear
    The galloping of horse: who was’t came by? William Shakespeare, Macb.

    His steeds will be restrain’d,
    But gallop lively down the western hill. John Donne.

    In such a shape grim Saturn did restrain
    His heav’nly limbs, and flow’d with such a mane,
    When half surpriz’d, and fearing to be seen,
    The leacher gallop’d from his jealous queen. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Seeing such streams of blood as threatned a drowning life, we galloped toward them to part them. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    They ’gan espy
    An armed knight towards them gallop fast,
    That seem’d from some feared foe to fly. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    He who fair and softly goes steadily forward, in a course that points right, will sooner be at his journey’s end than he that runs after every one he meets, though he gallop all day full speed. John Locke.

    The golden sun salutes the morn,
    And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
    Gallops the zodiack in his glist’ring coach. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andr.

    Whom doth time gallop withal?
    —— With a thief to the gallows. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    He that rides post through a country may, from the transient view, tell how in general the parts lie: such superficial ideas he may collect in galloping over it. John Locke.


  1. gallop

    The canter and gallop are variations on the fastest gait that can be performed by a horse or other equine. The canter is a controlled three-beat gait, while the gallop is a faster, four-beat variation of the same gait. It is a natural gait possessed by all horses, faster than most horses' trot, or ambling gaits. The gallop is the fastest gait of the horse, averaging about 40 to 48 kilometres per hour (25 to 30 mph). The speed of the canter varies between 16 to 27 kilometres per hour (10 to 17 mph) depending on the length of the horse's stride. A variation of the canter, seen in western riding, is called a lope, and is generally quite slow, no more than 13–19 kilometres per hour (8–12 mph).


  1. gallop

    Gallop is a fast, natural gait of a horse, in which all four feet are off the ground simultaneously during each stride. It is generally the fastest mode of locomotion for terrestrial mammals. The term can also figuratively refer to moving or progressing rapidly or out of control.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gallopverb

    to move or run in the mode called a gallop; as a horse; to go at a gallop; to run or move with speed

  2. Gallopverb

    to ride a horse at a gallop

  3. Gallopverb

    fig.: To go rapidly or carelessly, as in making a hasty examination

  4. Gallopverb

    to cause to gallop

  5. Gallopverb

    a mode of running by a quadruped, particularly by a horse, by lifting alternately the fore feet and the hind feet, in successive leaps or bounds

  6. Etymology: [OE. galopen, F. galoper, of German origin; cf. assumed Goth. ga-hlaupan to run, OHG. giloufen, AS. gehlepan to leap, dance, fr. root of E. leap, and a prefix; or cf. OFlem. walop a gallop. See Leap, and cf. 1st Wallop.]


  1. Gallop

    Gallop, sometimes credited as Studio Gallop, is a Japanese animation studio.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gallop

    gal′up, v.i. to move by leaps, as a horse: to ride a galloping horse: to move very fast.—v.t. to cause to gallop.—n. the pace at which a horse runs when the forefeet are lifted together and the hindfeet together: a ride at a gallop.—n. Gall′oper, one who, or that which, gallops.—part. and adj. Gall′oping, proceeding at a gallop: (fig.) advancing rapidly, as in the phrase, 'a galloping consumption.'—Canterbury gallop, a moderate gallop of a horse (see Canter). [O. Fr. galop, galoper; prob. Teut., related to leap. There is a Flemish and a Middle High Ger. walop (n.). The root is seen in Old Fries. walla, to boil; cf. Well (1).]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gallop

    A mode of running by a quadruped, particularly by a horse, by lifting alternately the fore feet and the hind feet together, in successive leaps or bounds. A word of command in the cavalry service.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gallop is ranked #16295 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gallop surname appeared 1,770 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Gallop.

    67.8% or 1,200 total occurrences were White.
    27.8% or 492 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 32 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 30 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallop in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of gallop in a Sentence

  1. Flavio Volpe:

    You heard the Premier of Ontario. We might be short in a week. Well, the reinforcements are coming. They’re in full gallop.

  2. Honore de Balzac:

    This coffee plunges into the stomach...the mind is aroused, and ideas pour forth like the battalions of the Grand Army on the field of battle.... Memories charge at full gallop...the light cavalry of comparisons deploys itself magnificently; the artillery of logic hurry in with their train of ammunition; flashes of wit pop up like sharp-shooters.

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Translations for gallop

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  • cval, jet tryskem, letět tryskem, běžet tryskem, cválat, trysk, klusatCzech
  • galop, galopereDanish
  • galoppieren, GaloppGerman
  • galope, galoparSpanish
  • چهارنعل رفتن, چهارنعل, تاختنPersian
  • laukata, nelistää, neli, kiitolaukkaFinnish
  • galop, galoperFrench
  • דהרHebrew
  • galopigar, galoparIdo
  • ギャロップJapanese
  • galvotrūkčiais, šuoliai, šuoliuoti, galopasLithuanian
  • galopp, galoppereNorwegian
  • galopować, cwałPolish
  • galopar, galopePortuguese
  • галопи́ровать, галоп, скака́ть гало́помRussian
  • gàlop, га̀лоп, galopirati, галопиратиSerbo-Croatian
  • galopp, galopperaSwedish
  • ห้อThai

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