- The definition of a gambol is a playful jump or skip.
An example of a gambol is a light-hearted hop up a step.
- Gambol is defined as to jump and skip about playfully.
An example of gambol is to lightly hop down the block.
a jumping and skipping about in play; frolic
Origin of gambolearlier gambolde ; from French gambade, a gambol: see gambado
-·boled or -·bolled, -·bol·ing or -·bol·ling
to jump and skip about in play; frolic
intransitive verbgam·boled, gam·bol·ing, gam·bols or gam·bolled or gam·bol·ling
To leap about playfully; frolic.
A playful skipping or frolicking about.
Origin of gambolAlteration of French gambade, horse's jump, from Old French, perhaps from Old Italian gambata, from gamba, leg, from Late Latin, hoof, from Greek kampē, bend (as in a limb).
- (intransitive) To move about playfully; to frolic.
- (UK, regional) to do a forward roll
- An instance of running or skipping about playfully.
- An instance of more general frisking or frolicking.
From earlier gambolde, from Middle French gambade