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gambol

play
verb gam·bol \ˈgam-bəl\

Definition of gambol

gamboled

or

gambolled

gamboling

or

gambolling

play \-bə-liŋ also -bliŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to skip about in play :  frisk, frolic

Examples of gambol in a sentence

  1. lambs gamboling in the meadow

  2. <dog owners chat while their pooches gambol on the park's great lawn>

Did You Know?

In Middle French, the noun "gambade" referred to the frisky spring of a jumping horse. In the early 1500s, the English word gambol romped into print as both a verb and a noun. (The noun means "a skipping or leaping about in play.") The English word is not restricted to horses, but rather can be used of any frolicsome creature. It is a word that suggests levity and spontaneity, and it tends to be used especially of the lively activity of children or animals engaged in active play.

1508

First Known Use of gambol

1508


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gambol

noun gam·bol

Definition of gambol

  1. :  a skipping or leaping about in play

Examples of gambol in a sentence

  1. <she and her old college roommate headed off for one final European gambol before returning to the States to start their separate careers>

Origin and Etymology of gambol

modification of Middle French gambade spring of a horse, gambol, probably from Old Occitan camba leg, from Late Latin


First Known Use: circa 1510


GAMBOL Defined for English Language Learners

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gambol

play
verb gam·bol \ˈgam-bəl\

Definition of gambol for English Language Learners

  • : to run or jump in a lively way


GAMBOL Defined for Kids

gambol

play
verb gam·bol \ˈgam-bəl\

Definition of gambol for Students

gamboled

or

gambolled

gamboling

or

gambolling

  1. :  to run or play happily :  frolic <Children gamboled on the lawn.>



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