Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

gambol

[gam-buh l]
See more synonyms for gambol on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More
noun
  1. a skipping or frisking about; frolic.
Show More

Origin of gambol

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

Synonyms

See more synonyms for gambol on Thesaurus.com
1. spring, caper, frisk, romp.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gambol

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Perhaps there was in her something of the feline; the instinct of the cat to gambol with its prey.

  • Lambs, it is true, gambol, but in due time they all get fleeced.

    Crankisms

    Lisle de Vaux Matthewman

  • Mr. Heath, bring on your Chinese and let them gambol and frisk.

  • No one was in sight, and he was free to gambol as much as he pleased.

    A Chosen Few

    Frank R. Stockton

  • Through its middle runs a large hall for the kids to gambol in.

    Alamo Ranch

    Sarah Warner Brooks


British Dictionary definitions for gambol

gambol

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

Word Origin

C16: from French gambade; see gambado ², jamb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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).

Show More

v.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper