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gambol

[gam-buh l]
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verb (used without object), gam·boled, gam·bol·ing or (especially British) gam·bolled, gam·bol·ling.
  1. to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
noun
  1. a skipping or frisking about; frolic.

Origin of gambol

1495–1505; earlier gambold, gambald, gamba(u)de, from Middle French gambade, variant of gambado2
Can be confusedgamble gambol

Synonyms

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1. spring, caper, frisk, romp.
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Examples from the Web for gamboled

Historical Examples

  • They played and gamboled together in the fields, and were also together by the hearth.

    The Oera Linda Book

    Anonymous

  • The dog, barking joyously, had leaped after him, and now gamboled around him.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • Also I frisked and gamboled in those days far down in the country.

  • Did you ever hear that Plato gamboled through the alleys of Athens?

  • And she arose and gamboled lightly as the fawn out of his presence.


British Dictionary definitions for gamboled

gambol

verb -bols, -bolling or -bolled or US -bols, -boling or -boled
  1. (intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
noun
  1. a playful antic; frolic

Word Origin

C16: from French gambade; see gambado ², jamb
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Word Origin and History for gamboled

gambol

n.

"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).

gambol

v.

1580s; earlier gambade (c.1500), from Middle French gambader, from gambade (see gambol (n.)). Related: Gamboled; gamboling; gambolling.

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