Definition of gambol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡamb(ə)l/

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

[no object, usually with adverbial]
Run or jump about playfully: the mare gambolled towards Constance
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  • 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.


An act of running or jumping about playfully: the two of them run off to the woods for a gambol together
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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 gambade (see gambado1), via French from Italian gambata 'trip up', from gamba 'leg'.

Words that rhyme with gambol

amble, bramble, Campbell, gamble, ramble, scramble, shamble

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