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gam·ba·do 1

n. pl. gam·ba·does or gam·ba·dos
1. A low leap of a horse in which all four feet leave the ground.
2. A leaping or gamboling movement.

[Alteration (influenced by gambado) of French gambade, from Italian gambata, from Old Italian; see gambol.]

gam·ba·do 2

n. pl. gam·ba·does or gam·ba·dos
1. Either of a pair of protective leather gaiters attached to a saddle.
2. A rider's legging.

[From Italian gamba, leg, from Old Italian; see gambol.]
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n, pl -dos or -does
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) either of two leather holders for the feet attached to a horse's saddle-like stirrups
2. (Clothing & Fashion) either of a pair of leggings
[C17: from Italian gamba leg, from Late Latin: leg, hoof; see jamb]


(ɡæmˈbeɪdəʊ) or


n, pl -bados, -badoes or -bades
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) dressage another word for curvet
2. a leap or gambol; caper
[C19: from French gambade spring (of a horse), ultimately from Spanish or Italian gamba leg]
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(gæmˈbeɪ doʊ)

n., pl. -dos, -does.
1. a large protective boot or gaiter fixed to a saddle instead of a stirrup.
2. any long gaiter or legging.
[1650–60; < Italian gamb(a) leg + -ado -ade1]


(gæmˈbeɪ doʊ)

also gam•bade

(-ˈbeɪd, -ˈbɑd)

n., pl. -ba•dos, -ba•does also -bades.
1. a spring or leap by a horse.
2. caper; antic.
[1810–20; probably a pseudo-Sp alter. of French gambade a leap or spring]
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Pelet, reproaching him with perfidy, sending him a challenge, or performing other gambadoes of the sort--I hit at last on the expedient of walking out in the cool of the morning to a neighbouring establishment of baths, and treating myself to a bracing plunge.
"Wait, Sancho, and I will do them in the saying of a credo," and pulling off his breeches in all haste he stripped himself to his skin and his shirt, and then, without more ado, he cut a couple of gambados in the air, and a couple of somersaults, heels over head, making such a display that, not to see it a second time, Sancho wheeled Rocinante round, and felt easy, and satisfied in his mind that he could swear he had left his master mad; and so we will leave him to follow his road until his return, which was a quick one.
3 Taking Bobby and three of his mates to Gambado play centre in Chelsea.
"El erotismo como transgresion: Lo impenetrable de Griselda Gambado." Chasqui.
Welsh cam is a cognate of Greek skambos |bandy-legged' and Irish camchosach |bandy-legged'.(7) Other forms related to Celtic cambo- |curved, crooked' include Italian gamba and French jambe |leg' the |bent limb'), derived from a late Latin form (of Celtic origin) also giving Modem English gambit and in the Spanish of the West Indies) gambado |knock-kneed'.
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