To gambol is to run around playing excitedly. Although the word sounds like "gamble," when you gambol you never lose — you just have a great time!

If you've ever sprinted around, jumping up and down, yelling "woo-hoo!," you already know how to gambol. Being really excited or even just slap-happy makes people gambol, and it's so energizing that animals do it too. Dogs gambol when they rise on two legs to greet each other, and squirrels gambol when they chase each other up and down trees. And when springtime comes after a long winter, it seems to make every living thing gambol with extra life.

Definitions of gambol

v play boisterously

“the gamboling lambs in the meadows”
cavort, disport, frisk, frolic, lark, lark about, rollick, romp, run around, skylark, sport
Type of:
be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children

n gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

caper, frolic, play, romp
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coquetry, dalliance, flirt, flirtation, flirting, toying
playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
craziness, folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery
foolish or senseless behavior
frivolous or trifling behavior
rowdy or boisterous play
playful vexation
word play
playing on words or speech sounds
meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss
(Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
buffoonery, clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, prank
acting like a clown or buffoon
Type of:
diversion, recreation
an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

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