verb (used without object)

  1. to prance or caper about.
  2. to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry.


  1. (intr) to prance; caper

1793, cauvaut, American English, of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be an alteration of curvet “a leap by a horse,” from French and related to curve (v.). Or perhaps from ca- colloquial intensive prefix + vault “to jump, leap.” Modern form attested by 1829. Related: Cavorted; cavorting.

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