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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Italian, early 16th century


Run or jump about playfully.

Examples of Gambol in a sentence

"I love watching the squirrels gambol and play when I take my lunch in the park. "

"The children gambol outside for recess as long as it isn't raining. "

About Gambol

The French word "gambade" originally described the frolicking prances of a horse. When "gambol" moved over to English, the playful jumps were applied to humans and equines alike.

Did you Know?

Gambol can be used as both a verb and a noun. As a verb, it describes skipping and frisking about, without a care in the world. When you want to give a name to those movements, "gambol" is used as a noun. The same verb/noun distinction applies to the British sense of "gambol," but it more specifically designates a forward roll motion — what Americans might call a "somersault."

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