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Tuesday, April 16

Gallivant

[/ˈɡaləˌvant/]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Middle English

1.

Travel from one place to another for pleasure

2.

Carry on with members of the opposite sex

Examples of Gallivant in a sentence

"Movie stars and athletes have been known to gallivant in their spare time."

"He was gallivanting all over town when he should have been honing his skills."

About Gallivant

There's a certain flippant quality to gallivanting, which is to say that it doesn't have the most positive connotation. It can imply a lack of seriousness or discretion, as those who gallivant sometimes do so when they should be focusing on more pressing matters.

Did you Know?

Gallivant is thought to come from "gallant," which in the 17th century was used to describe the courting process. The word was altered to give gallivant its first meaning, which has largely been phased out in favor of its current definition.

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