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gambol

[gam-buh l] /ˈgæm bəl/
verb (used without object), gamboled, gamboling or (especially British) gambolled, gambolling.
1.
to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
noun
2.
a skipping or frisking about; frolic.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; earlier gambold, gambald, gamba(u)de < Middle French gambade; see gambade
Can be confused
gamble, gambol.
Synonyms
1. spring, caper, frisk, romp.
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British Dictionary definitions for gambolling

gambol

/ˈɡæmbəl/
verb -bols, -bolling, -bolled (US) -bols, -boling, -boled
1.
(intransitive) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
noun
2.
a playful antic; frolic
Word Origin
C16: from French gambade; see gambado², jamb
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Word Origin and History for gambolling

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).

v.

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

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