verb (used without object), gamboled, gamboling or (especially British) gambolled, gambolling.
to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
a skipping or frisking about; frolic.

1495–1505; earlier gambold, gambald, gamba(u)de < Middle French gambade; see gambade

gamble, gambol.

1. spring, caper, frisk, romp. Unabridged
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gambol (ˈɡæmbəl)
vb , (US) -bols, -bolling, -bolled, -bols, -boling, -boled
1.  (intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
2.  a playful antic; frolic
[C16: from French gambade; see gambado², jamb]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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