gambol

[gam-buhl]
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; earlier gambold, gambald, gamba(u)de < Middle French gambade; see gambade

gamble, gambol.


1. spring, caper, frisk, romp.
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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
 
n
2.  a playful antic; frolic
 
[C16: from French gambade; see gambado², jamb]

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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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Example sentences
She was his chosen one among that family of boisterous sisters who gambolled round him in high-days and holidays.
At home he romped and gambolled on a bed and no one said him nay.
Nowhere is the beauty of his that perpetually barked and gambolled style more manifest, nowhere are the about him.
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