American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A low leap of a horse in which all four feet leave the ground.
- n. A leaping or gamboling movement.
- n. Either of a pair of protective leather gaiters attached to a saddle.
- n. A rider's legging.
- Alteration (influenced by gambado2) of French gambade, from Italian gambata, from Old Italian; see gambol.From Italian gamba, leg, from Old Italian; see gambol. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We dance here in Apia a most fearful and wonderful quadrille, I don’t know where the devil they fished it from; but it is rackety and prancing and embraceatory beyond words; perhaps it is best defined in Haggard’s expression of a gambado.”
“He in whose favour the abduction is to be made was seen going out the same day spangled and smart, contrary to his usual fashion, making a gambado towards Saint-Germain-en-Laye with four carriages and four to meet the nymph. ”
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