Definition of gallivant in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɡalɪˈvant//ˈɡalɪvant/


  • no object, with adverbial Go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.

    ‘she quit her job to go gallivanting around the globe’
    • ‘He credits his wife, who gave up acting to be a full-time mom, with keeping the family going while he gallivants around the world.’
    • ‘Compared to other countries that have thousands of their nationals gallivanting in all corners of the globe Zambia is relatively comfortable and able to provide for its people.’
    • ‘We have real issues that require to be addressed and instead this imbecile gallivants all over the country appearing on radio stations to perpetuate his agenda.’
    • ‘In fact, the audience is very much like one of her suitors, left to comfort each other drunkenly while she gallivants with someone new.’
    • ‘Right now, there is a long pathetic line of investors waiting for government approval, while the Cabinet gallivants around the world.’
    • ‘Jaded juniors signed in, dumped their belongings in dormitory common rooms, and gallivanted out to Prospect Avenue.’
    • ‘He then sups it up and gallivants through New Jersey fighting aliens while destroying half of his town in the process.’
    • ‘I'm so happy to know that I'm the only one who gallivants around town in leggings and boots.’
    • ‘I met a con artist earlier this year and this con artist was gallivanting all around the country pretending to be someone else and I met up with him and traveled with him for over a week.’
    • ‘I'm always disappointed when I see our governors, our supposed masters, gallivanting about with the rich of the world.’
    • ‘I cannot be gallivanting across the high seas in constant pursuit of a runaway ship.’
    • ‘After gallivanting round the globe, seeking pleasures afar, indulging in greed and commercialism, the scandal and the posturing were all supposed to be left behind as we were reintroduced to more homely joys.’
    • ‘Still, there are the perks - travel benefits and the simple thrill of living a life that involves gallivanting across the globe.’
    • ‘Lea, a lively and curious lion cub, gallivants all over the savanna until she is frightened by a rhinoceros.’
    • ‘Today, as the father of two children, he no longer gallivants about the globe but brings his music to Festivals.’
    • ‘Most eccentric of the children is Carolyn, now 54, who gallivants about in a flat black Gaucho hat, paints and teaches art classes.’
    • ‘While in India she left her husband, abandoned her 10-year-old son and gallivanted around Madras with a young unmarried escort.’
    • ‘The tale gallivants from London to Boston to Cairo, stopping in at circuses, speakeasies, ocean liners, and the well-appointed apartments of an invert.’
    • ‘John now works for the Press Association and gallivants all over the world in search of great pictures.’
    • ‘I don't mean to sound so chaste, but somebody must stop this girl before she gallivants down the street in the full nude.’
    gad, flit, jaunt, run, roam, wander, travel, range, rove, ramble, traipse, stray
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Early 19th century: perhaps an alteration of gallant.