intransitive verb Etymology: perhaps alteration of curvet Date: 1794 1. to leap or dance about in a lively manner 2. to engage in extravagant behavior

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  • Cavort — Ca*vort , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cavorted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cavorting}.] To prance ostentatiously; said of a horse or his rider. [Local slang, U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cavort — 1793, cauvaut, Amer.Eng., perhaps from ca colloquial intens. prefix + vault jump, leap. Modern form attested by 1829 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cavort — [v] frolic, prance caper, caracole, carry on*, cut loose*, cut up*, dance, fool around*, frisk, gambol, go places and do things*, horse around*, horseplay, monkey around*, play, revel, rollick, romp, roughhouse*, sport; concepts 114,384 …   New thesaurus

  • cavort — ► VERB ▪ jump or dance around excitedly. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of CURVET(Cf. ↑curvet) …   English terms dictionary

  • cavort — ☆ cavort [kə vôrt′ ] vi. [earlier cavaut; prob. < ca , colloq. intens. prefix (< ? Ger ge ) + VAULT2] 1. to leap about; prance or caper 2. to romp about happily; frolic …   English World dictionary

  • cavort — [[t]kəvɔ͟ː(r)t[/t]] cavorts, cavorting, cavorted 1) VERB When people cavort, they leap about in a noisy and excited way. You can enjoy a quick snack while your children cavort in the sand... Syn: romp 2) VERB Cavort is sometimes used by… …   English dictionary

  • cavort — ca|vort [kəˈvo:t US o:rt] v [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from curvet [i] to dance around (16 21 centuries), from Italian corvettare, from corvetta jump into the air , from French courber to curve ] to jump or dance around in a playful or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cavort — UK [kəˈvɔː(r)t] / US [kəˈvɔrt] verb [intransitive] Word forms cavort : present tense I/you/we/they cavort he/she/it cavorts present participle cavorting past tense cavorted past participle cavorted mainly journalism to play, dance, or have fun… …   English dictionary

  • cavort — cavorter, n. /keuh vawrt /, v.i. 1. to prance or caper about. 2. to behave in a high spirited, festive manner; make merry. [1785 95, Amer.; earlier cavault, perh. CUR(VET) + VAULT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • cavort — verb /kəˈvɔːt,kəˈvɔɹt/ a) To prance, said of mounts And dragon flies sported around and cavorted,//As poets say dragon flies ought to do; b) To move about carelessly, playfully or boisterously. He whirligigged and pirouetted, dancing and… …   Wiktionary

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