- to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
- a skipping or frisking about; frolic.
Origin of gambol
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Examples from the Web for gambol
“Gambol and I sat down and made a meal of his balls,” Juarez tells Luntz.Pulp Fiction, With a Poet's Touch
April 29, 2009
Perhaps there was in her something of the feline; the instinct of the cat to gambol with its prey.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
Lambs, it is true, gambol, but in due time they all get fleeced.Crankisms
Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
Mr. Heath, bring on your Chinese and let them gambol and frisk.The Readjustment
No one was in sight, and he was free to gambol as much as he pleased.A Chosen Few
Frank R. Stockton
Through its middle runs a large hall for the kids to gambol in.Alamo Ranch
Sarah Warner Brooks
- (intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
- a playful antic; frolic
Word Origin and History for gambol
"frolic, merrymaking," 1590s, originally gambolde "a leap or spring" (c.1500), from Middle French gambade (15c.), from Late Latin gamba "horse's hock or leg," from Greek kampe "a bending" (on notion of "a joint"), from PIE *kamp- "to bend" (see campus).
1580s; earlier gambade (c.1500), from Middle French gambader, from gambade (see gambol (n.)). Related: Gamboled; gamboling; gambolling.