Definition of gallivant in English:


Line breaks: gal¦li|vant
Pronunciation: /ˈɡalɪvant
, ˌɡalɪˈvant


[no object, with adverbial] informal
Go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment: she quit her job to go gallivanting around the globe
More example sentences
  • After gallivanting round the globe, seeking pleasures afar, indulging in greed and commercialism, the scandal and the posturing were all supposed to be left behind as we were reintroduced to more homely joys.
  • Compared to other countries that have thousands of their nationals gallivanting in all corners of the globe Zambia is relatively comfortable and able to provide for its people.
  • Still, there are the perks - travel benefits and the simple thrill of living a life that involves gallivanting across the globe.
gad, flit, jaunt, run, roam, wander, travel, range, rove, ramble, traipse, stray


early 19th century: perhaps an alteration of gallant.

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