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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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Examples for gamboled
  • The pacers and the trotters who allegedly trained on artichokes and gamboled with sheep have long since departed.
  • As the youngsters gamboled, beaming parents and teachers stood along the periphery, exchanging handshakes and hugs.
  • Children gamboled, and adults rolled up their pants legs to test the waters.
British Dictionary definitions for gamboled

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 gamboled
gambol
1510s, originally gambolde "a leap or spring," from M.Fr. gambade, from L.L. gamba "horse's hock or leg," from Gk. kampe "bend." The verb is first attested c.1500. Related: Gamboled; gamboling; gambolling.
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