{{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. campus)).
{{12}}gambol (v.) 1580s; earlier gambade (c.1500), from M.Fr. gambader, from gambade (see GAMBOL (Cf. gambol) (n.)). Related: Gamboled; gamboling; gambolling.

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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 — ► VERB (gambolled, gambolling; US gamboled, gamboling) ▪ run or jump about playfully. ► NOUN ▪ an act of gambolling. ORIGIN Italian gambata trip up …   English terms 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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