verb (used without object), gam·boled, gam·bol·ing or (especially British) gam·bolled, gam·bol·ling.

to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.


a skipping or frisking about; frolic.

Nearby words

  1. gambler,
  2. gamblers' fallacy,
  3. gambling,
  4. gambling house,
  5. gamboge,
  6. gambrel,
  7. gambrel roof,
  8. gambrinus,
  9. gambusia,
  10. game

Origin of gambol

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

Can be confusedgamble gambol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gambolled


verb -bols, -bolling or -bolled or US -bols, -boling or -boled

(intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic


a playful antic; frolic

Word Origin for gambol

C16: from French gambade; see gambado ², jamb

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Word Origin and History for gambolled
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