gambado

1 of 2

noun (1)

gam·​ba·​do gam-ˈbā-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce gambado (audio)
plural gambadoes also gambados
: a horseman's legging

gambado

2 of 2

noun (2)

plural gambadoes also gambados
1
: a spring of a horse
2

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

perhaps borrowed from Italian gambale "legging, greave" (from gamba "leg" (going back to Late Latin) + -ale, noun suffix of appurtenance, from -ale -al entry 1), with final conformed to -ado, suffix generalized from Spanish-origin borrowings such as renegado renegade entry 1 — more at jamb

Noun (2)

borrowed from French gambade, with final conformed to -ado, suffix generalized from Spanish-origin borrowings such as renegado renegade entry 1 — more at gambol entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1625, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gambado was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Gambado.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gambado. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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