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Re: Gallivanting

Posted by ESC on November 20, 2003

In Reply to: Galavanting posted by Deirdre on November 20, 2003

: What is the origin of the word galavanting

From Merriam-Webster online at http://www.m-w.com/home.htm :
Main Entry: gal·li·vant
Pronunciation: 'ga-l&-"vant
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: perhaps alteration of gallant
Date: 1823
1 : to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex
2 : to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure