Definition of cavort in English:


Syllabification: cav·ort
Pronunciation: /kəˈvôrt


[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.

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