Definition of galumph in English:



  • no object, with adverbial of direction Move in a clumsy, ponderous, or noisy manner.

    ‘she galumphed along beside him’
    ‘a galumphing giant’
    • ‘Worse the loutish boys galumphed over and started acting as unwanted ballboys for our game.’
    • ‘For a few seconds, while I bring the aircraft under control, we galumph through the air, swaying left to right, the plane's nose dipping then rising.’
    • ‘He sees no reason to stop now I had spent the previous night galumphing gracelessly up and down the village hall of Strathmiglo, in the heart of the Howe of Fife.’
    • ‘He galumphs on as though his brain and limbs are still sounding each other out.’
    • ‘Youngsters tossed strands of kelp and wrestled; cows lounged with bellies exposed, nursing their pups; bulls galumphed into grassy nooks and sprawled out to snooze.’
    • ‘But action filmmaking knows no restraint and so the plotline galumphs on to its inevitable conclusion.’
    • ‘That role was played by huge and gentle Disraeli, Amy's golden retriever, who galumphed with her up the elevator to the African Arts office every day, where he laid in wait for Povey to bring him biscuits.’
    • ‘Her huge black Labrador came galumphing around the corner of her house and wagged his tail excitedly when he saw he was being taken on a walk.’
    • ‘But if something startles the deer and they begin to run, the whole herd of cows galumphs behind them until they reach the fence.’
    • ‘On the trek in we'd bob high through the green morass and snarl, chains rattling, as our elephants galumphed majestically through the foliage.’
    • ‘He is a galumphing, white academic from working-class London who somehow wound up a Rembrandt scholar.’
    • ‘Unlike his characters, known for galumphing around European capitols, his team is on a far more appreciable quest of rooting though Washington, Philadelphia and New York.’
    • ‘Happily some entrepreneurial locals awaited exhausted tourists and for $7.50 we galumphed our way by horseback to our car.’
    • ‘He or she must jump or leap or, to use a word coined by Lewis Carroll, galumph through the deep snow.’
    • ‘Off she flapped, her flimsy cotton based trainers galumphing all the way.’
    • ‘Four dancers galloped and galumphed across the stage, heads and feet going in every direction.’
    • ‘I stumbled and galumphed my way out of a Christmas Eve, candlelight service and collapsed on the concrete steps outside.’
    • ‘A hard worker but congenitally accident-prone, he galumphs through life trying his best but always falling foul of officious middle managers.’
    • ‘Our new Art teacher galumphed into the classroom with all the energy of a tropical hurricane.’
    • ‘Jesse is a boy concerned with climbing big rocks and petting fawns and galumphing through open fields.’
    lurch, stumble, shamble, shuffle, reel, waddle
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1871 (in the sense ‘prance in triumph’): coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass; perhaps a blend of gallop and triumph.