Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Entry: galumphers (n.)

In context:  "Apparently some higher-up had sent Mary Esther Thode out on her little yellow Vespa with the order for their match; she'd pulled up alongside Stice and Wayne just as they cleared the Hammond golf course, Hal a good half km. behind them with galumphers kornspan and Kahn."

Definition: from galumph (v.):  Orig., to march on exultingly with irregular bounding movements. Now usu., to gallop heavily; to bound or move clumsily or noisily.

Other: Etymology:  Invented by ‘L. Carroll’ (perhaps with some reminiscence of gallop  , triumphant  ). The sense in current use may vary according to different notions of what the sound expresses.

1871   ‘L. Carroll’ Through Looking-glass i. 22   He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back.

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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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