Main definitions of gambado in US English:

: gambado1gambado2

gambado1

(also gambade)

noun

  • A leap or bound, especially an exaggerated one.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    practical joke, trick, mischievous act, piece of mischief, joke, escapade, stunt, caper, jape, game, hoax, antic
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Origin

Early 19th century: from Spanish gambada, from gamba ‘leg’.

Pronunciation

Main definitions of gambado in US English:

: gambado1gambado2

gambado2

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Italian gamba ‘leg’ + -ado.

Pronunciation