To go rapidly or carelessly, as in making a hasty examination.
To progress rapidly through the body.
From Middle English galopen ("to gallop"), from Old French galoper (compare modern French galoper), from Frankish *wala hlaupan ("to run well"), from *wala + *hlaupan, from Proto-Germanic *hlaupaną ("to run, leap, spring"), from Proto-Indo-European *klaup-, *klaub-. Possibly also derived from a deverbal of Frankish *walhlaup ("battle run") from *wal from a Proto-Germanic word meaning "dead, victim, slain" from Proto-Indo-European *wel- ("death in battle, killed in battle") + *hlaup from *hlaupan. More at well, leap, valkyrie. See also the doublet wallop, coming from the same source through an Old Northern French variant.
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