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gambol

play
verb gam·bol \ˈgam-bəl\

Definition of gambol

gamboled

or

gambolled

;

gamboling

or

gambolling

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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of gambol

in part verbal derivative of 2gambol, in part borrowing (assimilated to the noun) from Middle French gambader, verbal derivative of gambade


First Known Use: 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

earlier “leap of a horse, leap, caper,” probably apocopated variant of gambold, gambald, re-formation (by association with French-derived words, as 1ribald, ending in the suffix -aud, -auld) of gambade, borrowed from Middle French, probably borrowed from Occitan cambado, gambado, from camba “leg” (going back to Late Latin camba, gamba) + -ado -ade — more at jamb


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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