gallivant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gallivant wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Gallivant To play the beau; to wait upon the ladies; also, to roam about for pleasure without any definite plan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gallivant To gad about; spend time frivolously or in pleasure-seeking, especially with the opposite sex.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gallivant gal-i-vant′ to spend time frivolously, esp. in flirting.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Gallant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. a variation of gallant.

Usage

In literature:

I hear he has been gallivanting after you, curse him.
"Bristol Bells" by Emma Marshall
She was quite friendly, although so stout, and she said we oughtn't to be gallivanting about all on our own.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Let these young people do the gallivanting.
"A Nobleman's Nest" by Ivan Turgenieff
I suppose you haven't, as you seem to be gallivanting about Westminster in crimson and silver at eight o'clock of a morning.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
No more gallivanting off to London for me.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
They are in the dressing-room at the theatre, and I can't go gallivanting through the streets in this rig.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
I will have no gallivanting, no cozening and smiling and prating and distracting.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
You've had enough gallivanting around for one day.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
There is no use of your gallivanting over the country after your husband; he ought to come to you.
"Her Ladyship's Elephant" by David Dwight Wells
Young men don't go gallivanting after girls unless they are encouraged.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
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In poetry:

War is on, the paper says,
Wounds and enemies;
Now young gallivanting bucks
Will know what trouble is.
"Under The Locusts" by John Crowe Ransom
Yes, we sophomores figured duly
That, if we appraised him truly,
Horace must have been a brick;
And no wonder that with ranting
Rhymes he went a-gallivanting
Round with sprightly Lydia Dick!
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field

In news:

In the course of your regular gallivanting about town, perhaps you have noticed this fine publication occupying the wire racks in your friendly neighborhood gas station.
When a Carnival compass pointed westward, geography underscored gallivanting.
The Gallivanting Spatula , Cont'd.
Spire was gallivanting around an industrial part of town and stumbled onto a pile of old 55-gallon oil drums.
Among them is that females find single fathers more attractive than gallivanting bachelors.
Nearly half of those are now Goldstein, Hill & West 's, or at least the partners lay claim to them, since they did the work while Mr Kondylis was, they say, gallivanting around the globe.
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