What does gambol mean?

Definitions for gambol
ˈgæm bəlgam·bol

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word gambol.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. play, frolic, romp, gambol, caperverb

    gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

    "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"

  2. frolic, lark, rollick, skylark, disport, sport, cavort, gambol, frisk, romp, run around, lark aboutverb

    play boisterously

    "The children frolicked in the garden"; "the gamboling lambs in the meadows"; "The toddlers romped in the playroom"


  1. gambolnoun

    An instance of running or skipping about playfully.

  2. gambolverb

    To move about playfully; to frolic.

  3. gambolverb

    to do a forward roll

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gambolnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    A gentleman had got a favourite spaniel, that would be still toying and leaping upon him, and playing a thousand pretty gambols. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    Bacchus through the conquer’d Indies rode,
    And beasts in gambols frisk’d before their honest god. Dryden.

    For who did ever play his gambo’s,
    With such insufferable rambles? Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 2.

  2. To GAMBOLverb

    Etymology: gambiller, French.

    Bears, tigers, ounces, pards,
    Gambol’d before them. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv.

    The king of elfs, and little fairy queen,
    Gambol’d on heaths, and danc’d on ev’ry green. Dryden.

    The monsters of the flood
    Gambol around him in the wat’ry way,
    And heavy whales in aukward measures play. Alexander Pope.

    ’Tis not madness
    That I have utter’d; bring me to the test,
    And I the matter will record, which madness
    Would gambol from. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. gambol

    Gambol refers to the act of running or jumping around playfully or frolicking. It can be used to describe the joyful, energetic movements of both humans and animals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gambolnoun

    a skipping or leaping about in frolic; a hop; a sportive prank

  2. Gambolverb

    to dance and skip about in sport; to frisk; to skip; to play in frolic, like boys or lambs

  3. Etymology: [OE. gambolde, gambaulde, F. gambade, gambol, fr. It. gambata kick, fr. L. gamba leg, akin to F. jambe, OF. also, gambe, fr. L. gamba, hoof or perh. joint: cf. Gr. a binding, winding, W., Ir. & Gael. cam crooked; perhaps akin to E. chamber: cf.F. gambiller to kick about. Cf. Jamb, n., Gammon ham, Gambadoes.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gambol

    gam′bol, v.i. to leap, skip: to frisk in sport:—pr.p. gam&primprime;bolling; pa.p. gam′bolled.n. a skipping: playfulness. [Formerly gambold—O. Fr. gambade—It. gambata, a kick—Low L. gamba, leg.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gambol is ranked #79598 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gambol surname appeared 239 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gambol.

    50.6% or 121 total occurrences were White.
    29.7% or 71 total occurrences were Asian.
    8.7% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    6.6% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.1% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gambol in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gambol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of gambol in a Sentence

  1. Publilius Syrus:

    Hares can gambol over the body of a dead lion.

  2. Walter Scott:

    Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.

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