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
  1. verb
    play boisterously
    “the gamboling lambs in the meadows”
    synonyms: cavort, disport, frisk, frolic, lark, lark about, rollick, romp, run around, skylark, sport
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    type of:
    be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
  2. noun
    light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
    synonyms: 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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