Definition of lope in English:


Pronunciation /lōp/ /loʊp/


no object, with adverbial of direction
  • Run or move with a long bounding stride.

    ‘the dog was loping along by his side’
    • ‘As I was driving to work this morning, I passed a very large black dog loping along the pavement.’
    • ‘It was a big shaggy thing loping along the side of the road.’
    • ‘The nursery teacher is still trying to come to terms with having a big, dark coloured cat loping along the side of her car.’
    • ‘She loped across the stage in strides unnaturally long.’
    • ‘The man in the doorway stirs and the dog lopes off down an alley.’
    • ‘There's nothing in the world like loping along on the back of a horse.’
    • ‘We rode like sweaty hounds, loping along the trail and waving our happy grins into the evening sun.’
    • ‘He located the fox's spoor and loped along in pursuit.’
    • ‘He loped along like a crazy tiger and I think we all understood that that was how he was going to go out - at full stride in a sudden spasm of violence.’
    • ‘But she looked very much a confident athlete on Saturday as she loped along comfortably on the lead.’
    • ‘Aden, her family's mangy old dog, loped into the room and scampered around her feet.’
    • ‘Once inside, we become, however briefly, part of the wild - lithe, lighthearted and free, loping across the landscape.’
    • ‘The wolf is loping across the plateau, head down, moving quickly.’
    • ‘As recently as the 1940s, cheetahs were seen loping through the hills behind Jerusalem.’
    • ‘A long-limbed young man lopes past me, wearing sunglasses and carrying an umbrella for shade.’
    • ‘The woman unleashes her dog which, to her relief, lopes off in the opposite direction from the stick-wielding man.’
    • ‘There was a sudden rustling in the trees and a dog, tall and rangy and beautiful, loped out.’
    stride, run, bound
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in singular
  • A long bounding stride.

    ‘they set off at a fast lope’
    • ‘He warned her, before he went from standing still to a fast lope.’
    • ‘She swung up into the saddle, and nudged the chestnut into a fast lope.’
    • ‘I broke into a lope, strides consuming the gap between us.’
    • ‘The next step is the lope, the trainer just adds a little tuck and roll (away from the horse's feet for obvious reasons) after he slides out of the saddle.’
    • ‘They entered the grand many-tiered hall in a lope.’
    • ‘Conner broke into a lope and the others followed suit.’
    • ‘At the same time, the aircraft developed a jerking lope.’
    • ‘He grinned and broke into a lope, still silent as owls' wings.’
    • ‘He mounted the pack horse and followed at a ground-eating lope.’
    • ‘She watched as Michael gently tugged on Starlight's reins and rode away at a steady lope…’
    • ‘He gestured to his friend to hurry over, and Hank broke into a lope.’
    • ‘He sets off at a measured lope, headed toward the Great Divide, headed east.’
    • ‘Less than half an hour later, they were off, moving at a four-legged lope southeastward.’
    • ‘They went at a lope, the sound of the rebels swelling and receding as they wound this way and that, sometimes Sara showing them hidden passages.’
    • ‘This time the bear took off at a lope, crashed through the trees and disappeared from sight.’
    • ‘When we reached the end of the cobblestone paved streets we pushed the horses into an easy lope.’
    • ‘With a last look at the towering column of black smoke, he followed Jordan, running at a steady lope through the woods.’
    • ‘He was grinning as he set off at a lope for home, already framing his reply in his mind.’
    • ‘After a while her posture lent itself a graceful, long-legged lope when she ran, or a silent stride when she was walking.’
    • ‘She moved at a full run or lope, and lay down a lot in between.’
    run, jogtrot, dogtrot, trot, lope
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Middle English variant of Scots loup, from Old Norse hlaupa ‘leap’.



/lōp/ /loʊp/