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

  • intransitive v. To move or run clumsily or heavily.

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  • v. To move heavily and clumsily.

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

  • v. move around heavily and clumsily


Perhaps blend of gallop and triumph.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from galumphing in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, where the meaning was different. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Lizards patrol the . . . landscape, and giant tortoises galumph on the beaches."
    - Peter M. Nichols, 'Galápagos', New York Times, 30 March 2001.

    October 23, 2009

  • Oddly, Lewis Carroll originally coined this to mean "prance in triumph" (possibly a combination of "gallop" and "triumph").

    And I think you really have to be wearing heavy boots (or have big paws) to do it.

    February 24, 2008

  • Except when galumphing for fun or profit.

    February 23, 2008

  • unit of wasted motion.

    February 23, 2008

  • Also by a dog of my acquaintance.

    February 13, 2007

  • describes the mode of locomotion used by true seals (phocids).

    December 8, 2006