from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To bound or prance about in a sprightly manner; caper.
  • intransitive v. To have lively or boisterous fun; romp: The children cavorted in the water, splashing and ducking each other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To prance, said of mounts
  • v. To move about carelessly, playfully or boisterously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To prance ostentatiously; -- said of a horse or his rider.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To curvet; prance about: said of a horse.
  • To bustle about nimbly or eagerly: said of a person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. play boisterously


Possibly alteration of curvet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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