gambol VERB (gambolled, gambolling; US gamboled, gamboling) run or jump about playfully.
NOUN an act of gambolling.
ORIGIN Italian gambata 'trip up' .

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  • Gambol — Gam bol, n. [OE. gambolde, gambaulde, F. gambade, gambol, fr. It. gambata kick, fr. L. gamba leg, akin to F. jambe, OF. also, gambe, fr. L. gamba, hoof or perh. joint: cf. Gr. ? a binding, winding, W., Ir. & Gael. cam crooked; perhaps akin to E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gambol — n frolic, disport, play, sport, rollick, romp (see under PLAY vb) gambol vb frolic, disport, *play, sport, rollick, romp …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gambol — [gam′bəl] n. [earlier gambolde < Fr gambade, a gambol: see GAMBADO] a jumping and skipping about in play; frolic vi. gamboled or gambolled, gamboling or gambolling to jump and skip about in play; frolic …   English World dictionary

  • Gambol — Gam bol v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gamboled}, or {Gambolled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gamboling} or {Gambolling}.] To dance and skip about in sport; to frisk; to skip; to play in frolic, like boys or lambs. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gambol — meaning ‘to skip or frolic playfully’, has inflected forms gambolled, gambolling. In AmE the forms gamboled, gamboling are also used …   Modern English usage

  • gambol — [v] tumble playfully bound, caper, carry on, cavort, cut, cut a caper*, cut loose*, fool around*, frisk, frolic, hop, horse around*, jump, kibitz around*, kick up one’s heels*, lark, leap, play, prance, revel, roister, rollick, romp, skip, sport …   New thesaurus

  • gambol — {{11}}gambol (n.) frolic, merrymaking, 1590s, originally gambolde a leap or spring (c.1500), from M.Fr. gambade (15c.), from L.L. gamba horse s hock or leg, from Gk. kampe a bending (on notion of a joint ), from PIE *kamp to bend (see CAMPUS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • gambol — UK [ˈɡæmb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms gambol : present tense I/you/we/they gambol he/she/it gambols present participle gambolling past tense gambolled past participle gambolled mainly literary to run, jump, and play like a young… …   English dictionary

  • gambol — I. intransitive verb ( boled or bolled; boling or gambolling) Date: 1508 to skip about in play ; frisk, frolic II. noun Etymology: modification of Middle French gambade spring of a horse, gambol, probably from Old Occitan camb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gambol — verb Gambol is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑lamb …   Collocations dictionary

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