from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To leap about playfully; frolic.
  • n. A playful skipping or frolicking about.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move about playfully; to frolic.
  • v. to do a forward roll
  • n. An instance of running or skipping about playfully.
  • n. An instance of more general frisking or frolicking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A skipping or leaping about in frolic; a hop; a sportive prank.
  • intransitive v. To dance and skip about in sport; to frisk; to skip; to play in frolic, like boys or lambs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To skip about in sport; caper in frolic, like children or lambs; frisk carelessly or heedlessly.
  • Synonyms To frolic, romp, caper.
  • n. A skipping, leaping, or frisking about; a spring, leap, skip, or jump, as in frolic or sport.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  • v. play boisterously


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of French gambade, horse's jump, from Old French, perhaps from Old Italian gambata, from gamba, leg, from Late Latin, hoof, perhaps from Greek kampē, bend.


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  • Rows of brick garden apartments all backed onto a massive common garden: a shared backyard for children to play, dogs to gambol, and families to eat picnics together.

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  • An outraged parent must have complained about our gambol through Times Square, because the next year we were bused to the Upper West Side of Manhattan and taken to the Museum of Natural History.

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  • Unfortunately, everything ended up heading into the Nexus Of Suck where the Ben Nelsons and Susan Collinses of the world gambol and play in plushie costumes, limiting the effectiveness of bills.

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  • I love that natural feel and flow where you can gambol over space and time.

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