Wordy Wednesday: Gallivant

This week’s word is one that many of us will identify with. Ranked at number 40 on the Words you Need to Know list, it’s a fun word with an equally fun meaning.

That word is:

Gallivant

Gallivant may not be as unusual as some of the words we’ve looked at, but it’s a word we should all know. Simply put, it means to “wander aimlessly in search of pleasure.” (Vocabulary.com)

It can also mean “to gad about in a showy fashion”. (World Wide Words)

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The history of this word is a bit convoluted, but it’s been said that this word comes from an old-fashioned definition of gallant, “a dashing man.” To “play the gallant” was once a popular way to say “to gad about” or to gallivant. It’s also been said that gallivant originates from an old and obsolete German word, gadling, which means vagabond and points to a more disreputable nature. (Vocabulary.com, World Wide Words, Oxford Dictionary)

I think we can all agree that no matter it’s history, Gallivant is a great word to have in our vocabulary. It is a verb, and can be used as such when used in writing. Some examples may include:

“Has John finished gallivanting around the globe yet? He has responsibilities that need attending to.”

“Mary was tired of the same old routine. After a particularly boring day, she decided that it was time to sell her home, quit her job, and gallivant around Europe for a few years.”

“Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the home of the Gallivanting Gorillas! Are you ready to be entertained like never before?”

How would you use Gallivant in a sentence? Let me know in the comments below!

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