Definitions

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

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

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • His inexhaustible gift of lightning repartee I saw illustrated on another occasion, when he presided at the midnight "gambol" of a Bohemian club, at which it needed the utmost tact and presence of mind to "ride the whirlwind and direct the storm."

    America To-day, Observations and Reflections

  • May you frolic and cavort and gambol and caper in a madcap series of wacky zany antics that are fondly remembered always.

    Will Durst: Summer: Day One

  • It's supposedly, theoretically, marvelous to gambol about in a "something-for-everyone" culture where all tastes are catered to by one medium or many.

    In the 500-channel universe, we're definitely lost in space

  • 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.

    Day of Honey

  • The final day was a 20-mile gambol through a southern spur of the Brooks Range, the Blue Cloud Mountains.

    Richard Bangs: So, You Think That's Cold?

  • ­Elsewhere there is pealing for peeling ; bite for bight ; straights for straits ; gamble for gambol ; canon for cannon .

    Coastal Disturbances

  • 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.

    First Love & Other Obsessions

  • And nobody can resist the EcoSpheres, fully contained self-sustaining ecosystems in which tiny shrimp gambol among seaweed in a dome the size of a paperweight.

    10 of the best shops in Brooklyn, New York

  • 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.

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

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

    Rock Legend's Joy Remains the Same

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.