Definition of cavort in US English:



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  • 1Jump or dance around excitedly.

    ‘spider monkeys leap and cavort in the branches’
    • ‘People walk across the water; they cavort, splash, dance - and finally someone falls from a great height and vanishes entirely.’
    • ‘Its successful use of colourful counter characters such as Howard Brown, who cavorts to the music of ‘Sex Bomb’, has led to the expectation that Bank of Scotland branch staff could soon also become stars of the screen.’
    • ‘The square was full of saints - cavorting, leaping, running, dancing, singing, screeching, chortling.’
    • ‘In the Dance section, both dancers cavort with foam-stuffed doppelganger dummies that allow them to dance with themselves or drag and pitch their partners into the wings.’
    • ‘Around him, the demons dance, cavorting, whispering, dancing, muttering.’
    • ‘She cavorts around in her pants with her imaginary hunk!’
    • ‘The dancers below are leaping and cavorting around a great fire.’
    • ‘But for the occasional grumbling, the Deitelhoff children sang songs, danced and cavorted around the barn while milking cows one November evening.’
    • ‘Sir Willard White was a superb Mephistopheles: his ‘Song of the Flea’ danced and cavorted, and he had plenty of menace when it was needed.’
    • ‘‘Soccer’ is a sport where grown men cavort and prance.’
    • ‘The four spend the evening singing a bit, dancing, or perhaps more aptly cavorting, around the stage and impersonating the various types of their acquaintance, both male and female.’
    • ‘A woman cavorted in the rubble in a ghostly dance out of sync with the throbbing music.’
    • ‘How the Italians cavorted and jumped for joy at the final whistle; how the Scots looked broken and demoralised.’
    • ‘There was the calf and the children of Israel dancing and cavorting before it.’
    • ‘Her dance cavorts playfully between elegance and tease; a spin of the sari around her, and her perfectly toned midriff is exposed but for a swift moment.’
    • ‘So she joined the party and soon spotted her husband in his costume, cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice ‘chick’ he could.’
    • ‘From a distance, the subjects resemble performers cavorting in a dance under stage lights.’
    • ‘With his schoolboy hips and abs to die for, Mick Jagger still cavorts, teases, taunts and leers in exactly the manner you expect him to.’
    • ‘An exuberant Bertelli danced, sang and cavorted among the huge throng at the Prada camp.’
    • ‘When the dolphins appear the passengers hang onto buoy lines and squeal with delight as the mammals leap and cavort nearby.’
    skip, dance, romp, jig, caper, cut capers, frisk, gambol, prance, frolic, play, lark
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    1. 1.1informal Apply oneself enthusiastically to sexual or disreputable pursuits.
      ‘he spent his nights cavorting with the glitterati’
      • ‘The gang of 25 youngsters, thought to be no older than 15, were seen and heard, drinking and cavorting at the Kings Meadow Road playing field, from 7.30 pm onwards on Friday.’
      • ‘Ironically, when it comes to the sexually active throng cavorting in today's media, married people -or at least people married to each other- appear to be in a definite minority.’
      • ‘They were being subversive and celebratory at the same time and there was also something rawly sexual about this gaggle of half-drowned young people cavorting and hugging and splashing in the mud.’
      • ‘She cuts loose at night however, cavorting around town with her boyfriend and perfecting the art of ‘swinging,’ i.e. sharing their beds with other couples.’
      • ‘He used amateur actors to perform the surreal scenes which feature naked young women cavorting on a double bed while a shirtless youth enthusiastically bangs away on percussion.’
      • ‘Or go to your local nightclub on a Friday night - count the number of women cavorting about in bare midriffs, revealing necklines, and high-cut dresses.’
      • ‘He's been up all night cavorting with models (or so my puerile mind imagines) and now he's watching telly while I'm working.’
      • ‘Funloving hedonists who have spent three years doing nothing but drinking and cavorting in seedy nightclubs suddenly become paragons of academic virtue.’
      • ‘No late-night revelling, no booze-ups, no cavorting with local ladies: these are the usual diktats dispatched to players by their national coaches at World Cup time.’
      • ‘From what I understand, having a beer can lead to such cardinal sins as dancing and cavorting with wild women.’
      • ‘For the next sixteen months he lived a double life in the popular tourist resort, working as a bar man by day and cavorting with young women and prostitutes at night.’
      • ‘The film helps debunk a recent media report that many of the players were banished to mines and farms for cavorting at a ‘wild party with foreign ladies’ before their defeat by Portugal.’
      • ‘It was here in the 1950s that the then Duke discovered a Polaroid of his wife cavorting naked with another man - unidentifiable because his head had not been photographed.’
      • ‘In an incident that will have the manager fuming, players cavorted with dancers at the newly-opened strip bar, the Liquorice Club.’
      • ‘Are you stuck away in your booth, while kids half your age cavort the night away?’
      • ‘A source close to Leo, one of his defenders, says since all the shooting has been at night, it's unlikely Leo's been cavorting off-set, or in Rome, during the wee hours.’
      • ‘Maybe when they choose their next leader they will select one who will not cavort like a buffoon with football fans.’
      • ‘They appear to be sexual predators, ready to leap from the interior, domestic space to cavort lasciviously in the external realm of military men.’
      • ‘Ibiza, of course, tends to attract those who actively seek public attention - why else would minor stars spend their nights cavorting on the dance floors of the island's mega nightclubs?’
      • ‘The constituency party was far from pleased to learn that its new MP, who was married with a small child, had been cavorting with women on Greek islands.’


Late 18th century (originally US): perhaps an alteration of curvet.