• Cavort


    • UK IPA: /kəˈvɔːt/
    • US IPA: /kəˈvɔɹt/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t


    Originated in the United States in 1793, as cauvaut, applying to horses, probably from the colloquial intensifying prefix ca- + vault ("jump, leap"); later generalized. Early sources connect it to cavault, a term for a certain demeanor of horses.

    Full definition of cavort


    1. (originally intransitive) To prance, said of mounts
      • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter I:... when the young man whirled his horse, “hazed” Jupiter in circles and belaboured him with a rawhide quirt, ... He ceased his cavortings ...
    2. (intransitive) To move about carelessly, playfully or boisterously.
      • 1900, Guy Wetmore Carryl, Mother Goose for Grownups, “”:And dragon-flies sported around and cavorted,
        As poets say dragon-flies ought to do; ...
      • 1911, Jack London, , :He whirligigged and pirouetted, dancing and cavorting round like an inebriated ape.


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