One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verblolloped, lolloping, lollops
no object, with adverbial of direction Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds.‘the bear lolloped along the path’
stride, run, boundView synonyms
- ‘In the fields towards Heswall several pairs of brown hares lolloped and played in the long grass while pheasants strutted their stuff looking stunning in the sunlight.’
- ‘At this time of year there are plenty to be seen, sitting upright in the begging position and giving passers-by a curious once-over before lolloping off to a safer distance.’
- ‘The one genuinely disquieting moment is when a bear lollops across the road behind the cast.’
- ‘Play grinds to a halt when a stray dog lollops across the pitch.’
- ‘While our youngsters, brought up without free school milk, were lolloping about mid-week, the home side darted about like greyhounds and finished like pit bulls.’
- ‘When the horse lollops from side to side, it works the muscles on both sides of your body.’
- ‘I sat on the boundary waiting for the bus, watching the batsmen slowly lolloping from one end of the pitch to the other.’
- ‘The robot puppy lollops over, its eyes flashing traffic-light green as it makes friendly jingling noises like a doorbell.’
- ‘They crouched in the distance then lolloped off, not into the woods, but over bare ground to the horizon.’
- ‘The two animals lollop and leap around the house, between them exhibiting two remarkably different lifestyles.’
- ‘Today, you will be lucky to see a jackal scamper off, or a black-naped hare lollop across a path.’
- ‘The lions and their cubs sit up as he lollops nearer.’
- ‘Sid and I stood and watched in disbelief as a second fox lolloped along the same escape route.’
- ‘After a few lessons in steering and stopping this grey beauty, she lolloped off at a leisurely pace through coastal dunes and down on to the beach, which we had to ourselves.’
- ‘A few wallabies foraging in the saltbush lolloped out of the way.’
- ‘It is the site of Costa Rica's greatest concentration of national parks, and pretty much anything that crawls, flits, swoops or lollops through Central America can be found here.’
Mid 18th century: probably from loll, associated with trollop.
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