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gallivant (or galavant)

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gae l@ vaent

intransitive verb
definition: to roam about seeking amusement; gad.
example: On shore leave, the sailors gallivanted in the town.
example: Instead of studying for his exams, their son had been simply gallivanting.

Quotation from English Literature

I would that I were an old beggar
Rolling a blind pearl eye,
For he cannot see my lady
Go gallivanting by….
Or anything else but a rhymer
Without a thing in his head
But rhymes for a beautiful lady,
He rhyming alone in his bed.

(W.B. Yeats, from “Two Songs Rewritten for the Tune’s Sake”)