- 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 gamboled
They played and gamboled together in the fields, and were also together by the hearth.The Oera Linda Book
The dog, barking joyously, had leaped after him, and now gamboled around him.In the Wilderness
Also I frisked and gamboled in those days far down in the country.My Friend Annabel Lee
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.The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales
- (intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
- a playful antic; frolic
Word Origin and History for gamboled
"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.