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cavort Syllabification: cav·ort
Pronunciation: /kəˈvôrt/

Definition of cavort in English:


[no object]
1Jump or dance around excitedly: spider monkeys leap and cavort in the branches
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  • Sir Willard White was a superb Mephistopheles: his ‘Song of the Flea’ danced and cavorted, and he had plenty of menace when it was needed.
  • How the Italians cavorted and jumped for joy at the final whistle; how the Scots looked broken and demoralised.
  • People walk across the water; they cavort, splash, dance - and finally someone falls from a great height and vanishes entirely.
skip, dance, romp, jig, caper, frisk, play/horse around, gambol, prance, frolic, lark;
bounce, trip, leap, jump, bound, spring, hop;
roughhouse, rollick
1.1 informal Apply oneself enthusiastically to sexual or disreputable pursuits: he spent his nights cavorting with the glitterati
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  • Ibiza, of course, tends to attract those who actively seek public attention - why else would minor stars spend their nights cavorting on the dance floors of the island's mega nightclubs?
  • He's been up all night cavorting with models (or so my puerile mind imagines) and now he's watching telly while I'm working.
  • She cuts loose at night however, cavorting around town with her boyfriend and perfecting the art of ‘swinging,’ i.e. sharing their beds with other couples.


Late 18th century (originally US): perhaps an alteration of curvet.

Words that rhyme with cavort

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