gallivanter, n.
/gal"euh vant', gal'euh vant"/, v.i.
1. to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
2. to go about with members of the opposite sex.
Also, galavant.
[1815-25; perh. fanciful alter. of GALLANT]

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