Definition of galumph in US English:



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

    ‘she galumphed along beside him’
    • ‘Worse the loutish boys galumphed over and started acting as unwanted ballboys for our game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But if something startles the deer and they begin to run, the whole herd of cows galumphs behind them until they reach the fence.’
    • ‘He is a galumphing, white academic from working-class London who somehow wound up a Rembrandt scholar.’
    • ‘He galumphs on as though his brain and limbs are still sounding each other out.’
    • ‘But action filmmaking knows no restraint and so the plotline galumphs on to its inevitable conclusion.’
    • ‘He or she must jump or leap or, to use a word coined by Lewis Carroll, galumph through the deep snow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Off she flapped, her flimsy cotton based trainers galumphing all the way.’
    • ‘Our new Art teacher galumphed into the classroom with all the energy of a tropical hurricane.’
    • ‘Four dancers galloped and galumphed across the stage, heads and feet going in every direction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jesse is a boy concerned with climbing big rocks and petting fawns and galumphing through open fields.’
    • ‘A hard worker but congenitally accident-prone, he galumphs through life trying his best but always falling foul of officious middle managers.’
    • ‘Happily some entrepreneurial locals awaited exhausted tourists and for $7.50 we galumphed our way by horseback to our car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the trek in we'd bob high through the green morass and snarl, chains rattling, as our elephants galumphed majestically through the foliage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I stumbled and galumphed my way out of a Christmas Eve, candlelight service and collapsed on the concrete steps outside.’
    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.