from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move in a lively, capering manner; prance.
- n. A lively, capering manner of moving or walking; a prance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a caper
- v. To prance or frolic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To behave or move in a lively or restless manner, as an impatient horse; to caper; to prance; to frisk.
- n. The act of tittuping; lively, gay, or restless behavior or gait; a prance or caper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act or go in a gay, lively, or impatient manner; spring; prance; skip.
- n. A lively or gay movement or gait; a prancing or springing about; a canter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
Perhaps imitative of the sound of a horse's hooves.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably imitative. (Wiktionary)