Definition of gallop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləp/


[in singular]
1The fastest pace of a horse or other quadruped, with all the feet off the ground together in each stride: the horse broke into a furious gallop [mass noun]: a mounted police charge at full gallop
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  • He booted Sal in the ribs and the horse leaped into a full gallop.
  • At the foot of a slope our horses were urged into a full gallop, jumping over rocks until we got to the cattle.
  • The instant the reins were passed, the horse bolted to a full gallop flying down the dirt road.
1.1A ride on a horse at a gallop: Wilfred went for a gallop on the sands
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  • But when I was invited to go for a gallop in the forest my nerves gave out again.
  • The third afternoon, when he had watched for her in a fury of disappointment, he ordered his horse and went for a gallop down the sunken road to the mill.
1.2A very fast pace of running by a person: she ran after them at a gallop figurative West Ham began at the gallop
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  • The men now began a hurried gallop down the streets, on the way to the judicial building.
  • He stood the pace better and eight minutes after the break Will snapped up a loose ball and outpaced the defence with a length of the field gallop.
  • His run turned into a frenzied gallop, his face thrust out to the fans.
1.3British A track or ground where horses are exercised at a gallop: Dancer fractured a foreleg on the gallops
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  • He built a sand gallop on the 20 acres, and a field on the far side of the local GAA pitch was turned into a grass gallop.
  • There have been several other fatalities away from the track on training gallops.
  • Speaking from the gallops at Manor Farm yesterday, he was happy to report that all the preparations are going well.

verb (gallops, galloping, galloped)

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
1(Of a horse) go at the pace of a gallop: we galloped along the sand (as adjective galloping) the sound of galloping hooves
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  • The horses galloped at an astonishing pace, racing for the edge of the forest, through the Hollow Mists of Leba, desperate to escape.
  • The horse gallops at a consistent pace and John increases the speed as he sees Isabelle hovering by the stable door.
  • He had a great liking for horses and he could often be observed on a summer's evening, watching his beautiful mares and foals gallop along the Banks.
race, canter, run, rush, dash, tear, sprint, bolt, fly, shoot, dart, hurry, hasten, speed, streak, hurtle, career, hare, scamper, scurry, scud, go like lighting, go like the wind;
lope, prance, frisk
informal zoom, pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell
British informal bomb
1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Make (a horse) gallop: Fred galloped the horse off to the start
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  • Saumell, who is in his 70s, rode his last winner in 1978 and still galloped horses until three years ago.
  • One of my friends, Henry, who gallops horses at Laurel took me to the backside.
  • He also spent five years galloping horses for Racing Hall of Fame trainers.
1.2(Of a person) run fast: Leota galloped in from the halfway line
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  • Fearing he had lost too much time, the lad galloped as fast as he could to the palace.
  • In short order another 30-yard drive, this time by Fitzgerald, was not too far away, and the game was very much alive as Murphy galloped through only to shoot wide.
  • Almost a quarter-of-an-hour in, and it was his cross which he headed just wide, the Liverpool man galloping in from his berth of the left of midfield to meet the ball.
2Proceed at great speed: don’t gallop through your speech
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  • Three utterly madcap men in tights and sneakers take the theatre by storm as they gallop through the tragedies, histories and comedies at a speed that will leave you gasping.
  • Few people are likely to read his census, but anyone who appreciates the printed word will gallop through his new account of how it came to be.
  • The approach pays dividends in lending the film a sprightly air and making it accessible to all as it gallops through events.
2.1(Of a process or event) progress in a rapid and seemingly uncontrollable manner: his life gallops headlong towards disaster (as adjective galloping) galloping inflation
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  • In the later scenes, it grows more formulaic, galloping towards a happy ending with unseemly haste, burdening the actors with unconvincing old age make-up and testing the audience with corny platitudes.
  • To the fate felt in the blood and acknowledged by the intelligence is added concern for his partner as the disease gallops towards consummation.
  • He was one of the few economists willing to predict early in 2000 that the Irish inflation rate was threatening to gallop toward 6 per cent or higher.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləpə/
Example sentences
  • Both gallopers shared a starting price of 3-1 and raced to within half a neck of each other at the line.
  • From 400 metres out both gallopers went for it, with the charge down the straight providing a spectacle.
  • Judging from recent performances there are certain gallopers worthy of consideration.


Early 16th century: from Old French galop (noun), galoper, variants of Old Northern French walop, waloper (see wallop).

  • wallop from Middle English:

    The original meaning of wallop was ‘to gallop ’, and the Old French sources of gallop (early 16th century) and wallop, galoper and waloper, are related. It seems that there is something gratifying about the way wallop sounds that makes people use it in lively ways. The next sense to develop was ‘to boil violently’, and then ‘to move in a heavy or clumsy way’, and ‘to flop about, dangle, flap’. The modern sense, ‘to hit very hard’, appeared in the early 19th century. See also codswallop

Words that rhyme with gallop

callop, escallop, escalope, galop, Salop, shallop

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