from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To run away with a lover, especially with the intention of getting married.
- intransitive v. To run away; abscond.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To run away from home with a paramour.
- v. To run away secretly for the purpose of getting married with one's intended spouse; to marry in a quick or private fashion, especially without a public period of engagement.
- v. (dated) To run away from home (for any reason).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To run away, or escape privately, from the place or station to which one is bound by duty; -- said especially of a woman or a man, either married or unmarried, who runs away with a paramour or a sweetheart.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To run away; escape; break loose from legal or natural ties; specifically, to run away with a lover or paramour in defiance of duty or social restraints.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. run away secretly with one's beloved
Perhaps Anglo-Norman aloper, to run away from one's husband with a lover, from Middle Dutch ontlopen, to run away : ont-, away from, along; see ant- in Indo-European roots + lopen, to run.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Dutch ontlopen ("to run away, evade"), from ont- (“away from”) + lopen (“to run”). (Wiktionary)