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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈgæmbɒl/

Verb

Infinitive
to gambol

Third person singular
gambols

Simple past
gambolled in British English, gamboled in American English

Past participle
-

Present participle
gambolling in British English, gamboling in American English

to gambol (third-person singular simple present gambols, present participle gambolling in British English, gamboling in American English, simple past and past participle gambolled in British English, gamboled in American English)
  1. (intransitive) To run and skip about playfully; to frolic.
    • 1949: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p22
      It was somehow slightly frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into man-eaters.
    • 1995: Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: or a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer pp. 286 (ISBN 0-553-38096-6)
      Three girls moved across the billiard-table lawn of a great manor house, circling and swarming about a common center of gravity like gamboling sparrows.

Noun

Singular
gambol

Plural
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gambol ({{{1}}})
  1. An instance of running or skipping about playfully.
    • 1843: Edgar Allen Poe, The Gold Bug, p10
      When his gambols were over, I looked at the paper, and, to speak the truth, found myself not a little puzzled at what my friend had depicted.

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