- 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 gambolled
At eight oclock they started, accompanied by Duk, who frisked and gambolled with delight.The Field of Ice
He ran, gambolled, and sang for happiness when he saw all this living water.My Double Life
He never played and gambolled about with the other puppies of the camp.White Fang
It was a very nice-looking kid, and it frisked and gambolled most alluringly.Under the Red Crescent
Charles S. Ryan
Giles seized his and rolled it along the floor and gambolled after it.The Cloister and the Hearth
- (intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
- a playful antic; frolic
Word Origin and History for gambolled
"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.