Definition of lope in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /lōp/


[no object]
Run or move with a long bounding stride: the dog was loping along by his side (as adjective loping) a loping stride
More example sentences
  • As I was driving to work this morning, I passed a very large black dog loping along the pavement.
  • It was a big shaggy thing loping along the side of the road.
  • The nursery teacher is still trying to come to terms with having a big, dark coloured cat loping along the side of her car.


[in singular]
A long bounding stride: they set off at a fast lope
More example sentences
  • He warned her, before he went from standing still to a fast lope.
  • She swung up into the saddle, and nudged the chestnut into a fast lope.
  • I broke into a lope, strides consuming the gap between us.


Middle English: variant of Scots loup, from Old Norse hlaupa 'leap'.

Words that rhyme with lope

aslope, cope, dope, elope, grope, hope, interlope, mope, nope, ope, pope, rope, scope, soap, taupe, tope, trope

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: lope

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.