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The puppies cavorted in the basket.
  to play in a lively, unrestrained manner — often to prance or jump around excitedly — sometimes implying sexual play
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  • The puppies cavorted in the basket.
  • They drank and cavorted through the night.
  • The streakers cavorted across campus.
  • By and by the men stopped cavorting around and yelling.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • Since he didn’t pack another pair of pants, my guess is that he’s cavorting about the freezing woods in just his hiking boots, like a calendar pinup.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • There were shots of people cavorting on beaches and smiling on back porches, vistas from around the island, and lots of kids, posing in singles and pairs, informal snapshots and formal portraits taken in front of backdrops, their subjects clutching dead-eyed dolls, like they’d gone to Glamour Shots in some creepy turn-of-the-century shopping mall.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The draccus was . cavorting, bounding around like a drunken dog, knocking over trees like a boy would topple cornstalks in a field.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Not only harboring Lunars but also cavorting with them.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The next day at school, I studied Mr. Birkway as he leaped and cavorted about the classroom.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • She parked her car down on the street like a guest, and she and the boys and the dog started up the steps toward the house—the boys and Heidi leaping and cavorting and falling all over themselves, Nora drifting serenely behind them.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • "Perhaps I’ll go out in search of a local kilt-wearer whilst you’re cavorting with vicars and ask him.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • They would tell him that I was cavorting—they always put it like that—I was "cavorting."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He pushed and swatted at his attacker, a relentless jumble of skin and bones cavorting on top of him as he tried to gain purchase.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The faithless, worthless bits of filth who were brave enough to cavort in masks at the Quidditch World Cup, but fled at the sight of the Dark Mark when I fired it into the sky.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • If her heart would only stop bumping and drumming and cavorting.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It has roses on it and maidens cavorting in the glen.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Animals took shape: yellow giraffes, blue lions, pink antelopes, lilac panthers cavorting in crystal substance.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • He suppressed a sudden urge to cavort there, to turn the worm, to show off his mastery of this creature.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Then she cavorted childishly for him until he smiled and she laughed and they began having a good time.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "The producers would bring in a cat or an anteater or an otter and show it and let it cavort around," Palmer says.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • A feathery breeze was stirring, setting the flames leaping and dancing, their reflections in the black glistening oil cavorting too.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Oromis turned to watch a pair of swallows cavorting in the blue sky.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • But I couldn’t have her cavorting alone in the forest.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Across the strip of cowhide one sees a rendering of a two-lane blacktop, aNO U-TURN sign, a thunderstorm producing a flash flood that engulfs a car, a hitchhiker’s thumb, an eagle, the Sierra Nevada, salmon cavorting in the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Coast Highway from Oregon to Washington, the Rocky Mountains, Montana wheat fields, a South Dakota rattlesnake, Westerberg’s house in Carthage, the Colorado River, a gale in the Gulf of California, a canoe beached beside a tent, Las Vegas,
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • News of its great battles and gossip about the fates of local servicemen filled the air at Hilltop as he cavorted and studied and helped Goldie in her struggles with the farm.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Big ravens cavorted on the docks in search of tidbits from the fishing boats, but most amazing to my eyes were the great bald eagles, a dozen or more, that lounged or played in the tops of tall spruce while they waited to dive into the water for salmon.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Entertained by the summer breeziness and the little boats on the waves and the cavorting and minstrelsy.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • They anchored in the shallow waters of the gulf, had lunch, and swam, P.J. and his siblings cavorting all around the boat.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • On the walls, the goddesses hunt and cavort, free from all restraints, these makers of their own rules, punishers of trespassers.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • "Sure there is! Me! You! Jim! All of us! The whole shooting works! Look!" And Charles Halloway pulled faces, popped his eyes, mashed his nose, winked, cavorted like chimpanzee-ape, waltzed with the wind, tap-danced the dust, threw back his head to bay at the moon, dragging Will with him.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Animals took shape: yellow giraffes, blue lions, pink antelopes, lilac panthers cavorting in crystal substance.
    Ray Bradbury  --  There Will Come Soft Rains
  • A guy couldn’t cavort with women, and thanks to the ban on cabaret dancing, he couldn’t even watch women cavorting by themselves.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I imagined my friends out hunting for small birds, drinking the sweet milk from the cow’s udder, cavorting in the pond at the end of the stream.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I learned later that this welcoming chorus was transmitted through hydrophones to the Passage Channels where dolphins leaped and cavorted to the music.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • They gave Tom his cheer, and the leader and the assistant leaders cartwheeled and cavorted and flung up their megaphones.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • She sings, cavorts, and sips hot schnapps from a half-pint holstered on her hip.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Satisfied, sun-warmed, we sprawl in the grass and peel Satsumas and watch our kites cavort.
    Truman Capote  --  A Christmas Memory
  • Yes, and Gabil is the mighty warrior who cavorts with Tanis in all kinds of imagined battles.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • I tried to imagine "Casanova" cavorting around in these deep dark woods before we had arrived.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Max gaped as Mum’s image turned cartwheels while Bellagrog cavorted about and stuck out her tongue.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • As am I Are Saphira and Firnen still cavorting about as they were earlier? I don’t hear them anymore.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Others were made by transforming verbs in the orthodox vocabulary, /e. g./, /to cavort/ from /to curvet/, and /to snoop/ from /to snook/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The negroes were cavorting with joy: they pressed around their fierce commander, seizing and kissing his hand, fawning upon him, adoring him.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Several of the goblins cavorted about the fire in a jerky, leaping dance while they tilted their small, horned heads to shriek at the sickle moon.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • It’s bad enough that Jackie Kennedy is cavorting around the Mediterranean with Aristotle Onassis, a man whom the president does not trust.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Myrish carpets covered the floor instead of rushes, and in one corner a hundred fabulous beasts cavorted in bright paints on a carved screen from the Summer Isles.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • IF THE BEATING HEART is pure theater, a playful, moody, extroverted organ cavorting in the chest, then the liver, sitting under the diaphragm, is a figurative painting, stolid and silent.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • To be sure, Popov might have choked to death on his mouthful of fish; but, in fact, he had not choked to death and despite all his unconscious cavorting rage had evidently quietly managed to keep from doing so.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The grove, like a cavorting clown, casts this hubbub As far as that field with its rather steep slope Where the sun-scorched hazels are blazing with color As if they’d been seared by the heat of a fire.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • While the squadman was cavorting around Monarch Tower with his brand new mongolian face, one of Monarch’s scientists who had been badly hurt in a laboratory explosion, apparently left the hospital a week early and reported back for duty.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
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