Definition of gambol in English:


Syllabification: gam·bol
Pronunciation: /ˈɡambəl

verb (gambols, gamboling, gamboled ; British gambols, gambolling, gambolled)

[no object]
Run or jump about playfully: the mare gamboled toward Connie
More example sentences
  • While monster-hunting on this far-flung island's shores in 1998, I was enthralled to see otters gambolling playfully in the sand dunes.
  • We gambolled and frolicked until about four-thirty am.
  • So while my fellow geeks gamboled and romped and played in the hotel lobby - within the warm and nurturing hug of the conference's bubble of wireless broadband access - I was alone in my room doing email.
dated sport


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An act of running or jumping about playfully.
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  • Compared to today, Monday qualified as a carefree gambol around Disneyland.
  • The draw has brought the inevitable return of him for a last gambol around Highbury and if they emulate Liverpool in dismissing Juve in the quarters, then they may face Inter followed by Barca or AC Milan in the final.
  • Dogs of decent size need a romp - a flat-out run, a gambol in a field or forest, a chance to splash in running water.


early 16th century: alteration of obsolete gambade, via French from Italian gambata 'trip up', from gamba 'leg'.

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