One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A leap or bound, especially an exaggerated one.
practical joke, trick, mischievous act, piece of mischief, joke, escapade, stunt, caper, jape, game, hoax, anticView synonyms
- ‘Lepage Cranbrook, wealthy gadfly and amateur detective, dons a skeleton mask when situations arise that call for The Boneyard Man, that macabre spirit of justice who canters through the night performing breathtaking gambadoes over the heads of criminal wrongdoers.’
- ‘Now it is well, thou art mounted, fly with the speed of the wind, and linger not in making those gambados - thy skill in horsemanship has not been cast away on careless eyes.’
Early 19th century: from Spanish gambada, from gamba ‘leg’.
A gaiter, typically one attached to a saddle to protect a rider's leg from the weather.
- ‘And so it proved, as the lost gambado was afterwards found on the road, having dropped from the saddle and his leg without his perceiving the loss of it.’
Mid 17th century: from Italian gamba ‘leg’ + -ado.
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