- 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 gambolling
This man's was different: soft, non-intellectual, warm, a kind of gambolling.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
In your new garden I picture you gambolling with your children.Wagner as I Knew Him
Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
She then called upon a dog which was gambolling close at hand.The Myths of the North American Indians
Among the tufted bog-rushes, the lambs were gambolling a few yards away.The Gypsy's Parson
The first we saw was tons of her gambolling around in the water.The Belted Seas
- (intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
- a playful antic; frolic
Word Origin and History for gambolling
"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.