- a caper; leap
- a type of competitive jump in which a trained horse leaps upward but not forward and kicks its hind legs so that they are nearly parallel to the ground
Origin of caprioleFrench ; from Italian capriola ; from capriolare, to leap like a goat ; from capriolo, roe deer ; from Classical Latin capreolus, wild goat ; from caper (gen. capri), he-goat ; from Indo-European an unverified form kapro- from source Old Norse hafr, Old Irish gabor
to make a capriole
- An upward leap made by a trained horse without going forward and with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap.
- A playful leap or jump; a caper.
intransitive verbcap·ri·oled, cap·ri·ol·ing, cap·ri·oles
To perform a capriole.
Origin of caprioleFrench, from Italian capriola, somersault, from capriolo, roebuck, wild goat, from Latin capreolus, diminutive of caper, capr-, goat.
(third-person singular simple present caprioles, present participle caprioling, simple past and past participle caprioled)
- To perform a capriole.