AskDefine | Define gallivant

Dictionary Definition

gallivant v : wander aimlessly in search of pleasure [syn: gad, jazz around]

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English

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Etymology

From gallant.

Pronunciation

Gal"li*vant

Intransitive verb

  1. To flirt, to romance.
  2. To roam about for pleasure without any definite plan.
    1914 Bertram, it is true, when he heard of the plan, rebelled, and asserted that what Billy needed was a rest, an entire rest from care and labor. In fact, what he wanted her to do, he said, was to gallivant -- to gallivant all day long. — Eleanor H.Porter Miss Billy--Married, Chapter 18.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bat, bat around, bum, cast coquettish glances, coquet, count ties, divagate, drift, eye, flirt, flit, gad, gad about, go about, go the rounds, gold-dig, hit the road, hit the trail, hobo, jaunt, knock about, knock around, look sweet upon, make eyes at, meander, mooch, nomadize, ogle, peregrinate, pererrate, philander, play around, prowl, ramble, range, roam, rove, run about, run around, saunter, straggle, stray, stroll, traipse, tramp, vagabond, vagabondize, walk the tracks, wander, wayfare
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