It was somehow slightly frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into man-eaters.
George Orwell -- 1984
In the ecstasy of that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves into the air in great leaps of excitement.
George Orwell -- Animal Farm
The little kitten, feasting her eyes on him, seemed ready at any moment to start her gambols again and display her kittenish nature.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
I leaned back in the embrasure in a more comfortable position, so that I could enjoy more fully the aerial gambolling.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
He never played and gambolled about with the other puppies of the camp.
Jack London -- White Fang
In short, it seemed as though mirth and gaiety were frisking and gambolling all over the meadow.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
Everything she did seemed to amuse him, as though she were a gamboling kitten.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
An elf covered in brindled fur leaped over Eragon and continued to gambol about, as often on all fours as on his feet.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
Above them was a bare, rounded rock, on each side of which the water played its gambols, and plunged into the abysses beneath, in the manner already described.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
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The air was dark with Davises, and many Joneses gamboled like a flock of young giraffes.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
The walls bore the same ornamental plates, each featuring a highly colored, beribboned kitten, gamboling and frisking with sickening cuteness.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
But so have I seen little Miriam and Martha, laughing-eyed elves, heedlessly gambol around their old sire; sporting with the circle of singed locks which grew on the marge of that burnt-out crater of his brain.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
If there were no winners, there were no losers, and Major Major enjoyed every gamboling moment right up till the day Colonel Cathcart roared up in his jeep after Major Duluth was killed and made it impossible for him ever to enjoy playing basketball there again.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Just as we had passed through the grove in which we breakfasted, Turk suddenly darted away from us, and sprang furiously among a troop of monkeys, which were gambolling playfully on the turf at a little distance from the trees.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, And makes as healthful music: it is not madness That I have utter’d: bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word; which madness Would gambol from.
William Shakespeare -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Mrs. Bird, looking the very picture of delight, was superintending the arrangements of the table, ever and anon mingling admonitory remarks to a number of frolicsome juveniles, who were effervescing in all those modes of untold gambol and mischief that have astonished mothers ever since the flood.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Look on beauty And you shall see ’tis purchas’d by the weight: Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it: So are those crisped snaky golden locks Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known To be the dowry of a second head, The skull that bred them, in the sepulchre.
William Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice
For he remembered watching an elf with a similar pelt gamboling among the trees during the festivities.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
Carrie said nothing, and the horse gamboled on.
Theodore Dreiser -- Sister Carrie
In the centre of the pool three of the strangest creatures were playfully gambolling over the water.
James Vance Marshall -- Walkabout
The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.
Washington Irving -- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The gambol has been shown.’
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
I wish Kate could see them, the way they gambol and swirl through the air.
Kenneth Oppel -- Airborn
Great fish beneath him gamboled from every quarter of the deep, aware their lord rode overhead; in laughter whitecaps parted, and the team full tilt airily drew unwetted the axle-tree; with leap on leap they bore him toward the beachhead.
Homer -- The Iliad
By dint of leaping, climbing, gambolling amid the abysses of the gigantic cathedral he had become, in some sort, a monkey and a goat, like the Calabrian child who swims before he walks, and plays with the sea while still a babe.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This man’s was different: soft, non-intellectual, warm, a kind of gambolling.
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers
Such weights and pressures of despair and exertion fought for his attention, he could only free his eyes to watch the inside of his lids upon which multiple and ever changing looms of terror jigged and gamboled.
Ray Bradbury -- Something Wicked This Way Comes
And Gerty, rapt in thought, scarce saw or heard her companions or the twins at their boyish gambols or the gentleman off Sandymount green that Cissy Caffrey called the man that was so like himself passing along the strand taking a short walk.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
TITANIA Be kind and courteous to this gentleman; Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes; Feed him with apricocks and dewberries, With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries; The honey bags steal from the humble-bees, And, for night-tapers, crop their waxen thighs, And light them at the fiery glow-worm’s eyes, To have my love to bed and to arise; And pluck the wings from painted butterflies, To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes: Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies.
William Shakespeare -- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thanks ever so for the midnight gambol about the old palatial grounds.
Libba Bray -- A Great and Terrible Beauty
When he was off duty with Mrs. Rawdon in the park, he would sit up here, passing hours with the boy; who rode on his chest, who pulled his great mustachios as if they were driving-reins, and spent days with him in indefatigable gambols.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
Hermione’s Patronus, a shining silver otter, was gambolling around her.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Then she began to laugh with her lips tight together, without giving up the fight, but defending herself with false bites and deweaseling her body little by little until they both were conscious of being adversaries and accomplices at the same time and the affray degenerated into a conventional gambol and the attacks became caresses.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
One could hear the slap of the water and the patter of falling drops and a kind of hushing and hissing sound from the waves rolling and gambolling and slapping the rocks as if they were wild creatures who were perfectly free and tossed and tumbled and sported like this for ever.
Virginia Woolf -- To the Lighthouse
When his gambols were over, I looked at the paper, and, to speak the truth, found myself not a little puzzled at what my friend had depicted.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Gold-Bug
They have visitors in the high summer weather, when a grey cloak and umbrella, unknown to Chesney Wold at other periods, are seen among the leaves; when two young ladies are occasionally found gambolling in sequestered saw-pits and such nooks of the park; and when the smoke of two pipes wreathes away into the fragrant evening air from the trooper’s door.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
Master, there is three carters, three shepherds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that have made themselves all men of hair; they call themselves saltiers: and they have dance which the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gambols, because they are not in’t; but they themselves are o’ the mind (if it be not too rough for some that know little but bowling) it will please plentifully.
William Shakespeare -- The Winter’s Tale
Reaching the first of the more important houses of Wykeagy Avenue, although he had not the slightest idea who lived there, he was gazing interestedly at the high wrought-iron fence, as well as the kempt lawn within, dimly illuminated by street lamps, and upon the surface of which he could detect many heaps of freshly fallen brown leaves being shaken and rolled by a winnowing and gamboling wind.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.
Kurt Vonnegut -- Harrison Bergeron
But by darkness they gamboled in the warehouses and in and out of the schooners along the quay.
Sinclair Lewis -- Arrowsmith
For the first time Mattie Will thought they were mysterious and sweet-gamboling now she knew not where.
Eudora Welty -- The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
For the first time Mattie Will thought they were mysterious and sweet—gamboling now she knew not where.
Eudora Welty -- The Golden Apples
He’s going to die and she’s gamboling.
Neal Stephenson -- Snow Crash
My children were cloaked also, and they gamboled on eitherside of me, merry little figures, clinging to my hands.
Geraldine Brooks -- Year of Wonders
Then they were tottering after their mothers, gamboling at a day’s growth, wilful as youth—and the carnage began.
Zane Grey -- The Heritage of the Desert
Higher up still, the first monkey ever seen on the face of the globe clambered, gamboling and playing up the granite hills.
Jules Verne -- A Journey to the Center of the Earth
No sail whitened the surface, no whale or other fish gambolled on its bosom, no sign of use or service rewarded the longest and most minute gaze at its boundless expanse.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Pathfinder
One was an aged dog, whose strength seemed to be sustained purely by generous emulation, and the other a pup, that gambolled even while he pressed most warmly on the chase.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Prairie
Stand still, and you will see him wait; Address him, and he gambols straight; If something’s lost, he’ll quickly bring it,— Your cane, if in the stream you fling it.