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noun, plural gam·ba·dos, gam·ba·does.
  1. a spring or leap by a horse.
  2. a caper or antic.
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Also gam·bade [gam-beyd, -bahd] /gæmˈbeɪd, -ˈbɑd/.

Origin of gambado

1810–20; probably a pseudo-Spanish alteration of French gambade a leap or spring, perhaps < Provençal cambado, gambado, equivalent to gamb(a) leg (see jamb1) + -ado -ade1
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Related Words for gambade

plunge, dive, rise, upsurge, bounce, hurdle, fall, vault, drop, swerve, plummet, canter, dance, spring, bound, caper, jar, lurch, start, hop

British Dictionary definitions for gambade


noun plural -dos or -does
  1. either of two leather holders for the feet attached to a horse's saddle-like stirrups
  2. either of a pair of leggings
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Word Origin for gambado

C17: from Italian gamba leg, from Late Latin: leg, hoof; see jamb



gambade (ɡæmˈbeɪd, -ˈbɑːd)

noun plural -bados, -badoes or -bades
  1. dressage another word for curvet
  2. a leap or gambol; caper
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Word Origin for gambado

C19: from French gambade spring (of a horse), ultimately from Spanish or Italian gamba leg
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