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Word of the Day – Cavort

By November 27, 2023Word of the Day

Cavort (verb)

ka-vawt

to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner.

Cavort is an Americanism dating back to 1785–95, and comes from the earlier word cavault,which is perhaps a combination of the words cur(vet), “a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs up with the hind legs outstretched as the forelegs descend,” and vault, “to leap or spring.”

Example sentences

“She likes to cavort with the dancers in between takes!”

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