Definition of lope in English:


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Pronunciation: /ləʊp


[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.
stride, run, bound;


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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'.

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