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To galumph is to move in a clumsy or loud way. It was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass. It makes galumphs, galumphing, and galumphed.

Sometimes colloquially the word is used as a noun instead of a verb, so someone could be a galumph.

Carroll also invented the words chortle and snark.


He left it dead, and with its head he went galumphing back. [Looking Glass]

What begins as a spry shuffle grows darker as electric guitars galumph and grind into the forefront. [NPR]

Getting it on still feels a curiously chaste pastime here, thanks to all those keyboard sounds from electronica’s infancy, and La Roux’s predominantly sweet girlish vocals. She is all for kissing, but not telling (“all I want is to come out of my shell,” yearns Kiss And Not Tell), a white funk galumph that confirms La Roux and Sherwin have been studying the excellent Tom Tom Club. [Guardian]

After all, Hong Kong has never experienced democracy over the last two hundred odd years, which hasn’t seemed to hurt it too much as it galumphed its way into prosperity as a British and then Red Chinese colonial enclave. [Asia Times]

The leviathan of state spending on handouts and welfare, on the other hand, galumphs along as if entirely immune to the carnage elsewhere. Core government functions – such as defence, policing and transport – are being cut to the bone in support of a politically untouchable panoply of entitlements. [The Telegraph]

We love this big galumph, especially when he drinks water. [Westport Now]