Definition of lope in English:

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lope

Pronunciation: /ləʊp/

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Walk or run 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.
Synonyms
stride, run, bound;

noun

[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.

Origin

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

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