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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 of gambol
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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  • Since that day I should be sorry to count up the number of men who have gambolled a longer or shorter distance on Draycott's road.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • He never played and gambolled about with the other puppies of the camp.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Through this rich pasture Erica waded till she reached the tarn which fed the stream that gambolled down the ravine.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • Here and there the heavens were flecked with fleecy clouds, which gambolled gently before the breeze.

    The Siege of Mafeking (1900) J. Angus Hamilton.
  • Bare-legged boys flirted sweetly with ragged maidens, slept on stone steps, gambolled with dogs.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • I am proud to think that not even sixty hill-men would have gambolled with a sahib in that disgraceful manner.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • He slapped the belly of his horse Tyee, who gambolled away to the limit of his picket-rope.

  • They pelted each other with snow, and laughed and gambolled; their voices rang out clearly over the snowy plain.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • Giles seized his and rolled it along the floor and gambolled after it.

  • Huz evidently approved this last sentiment, for he gambolled around the group, doing his doggish best to please.

British Dictionary definitions for gambolled

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 gambolled

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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