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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 gambolled
  • 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.
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
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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