A gallop is a horse's fastest gait, a full-on run. A loud noise might cause a trotting horse to panic and break into a gallop.

Any four-legged animal can run at a gallop, although the word most often describes horses and ponies. To run this way is also to gallop: "I watched the horses gallop around the track." You can even use the word to emphasize a person's fast and heavy gait: "My little brother has to gallop around the house a few times before he'll go to bed."

Definitions of gallop

n a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously

Type of:
a horse's manner of moving

v cause to move at full gallop

“Did you gallop the horse just now?”
Type of:
ride, sit
sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions

v ride at a galloping pace

“He was galloping down the road”
Type of:
ride horseback
ride on horseback

v go at galloping speed

“The horse was galloping along”
Type of:
go at a pace

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