Definitions

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  • n. gamashes; spatterdashes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. Same as gamashes.

Etymologies

Italian or Spanish gamba leg. See gambol. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His legs were defended with strong leathern gambadoes, which, according to an antiquarian contrivance, opened at the sides, and were secured by steel clasps.

    The Monastery

  • No: he puts on his most vainqueur look, he sticks his thumbs into the armholes of his waistcoat, and advances, retreats, pirouettes, and otherwise gambadoes, as though to say,

    Mrs. Perkins's Ball

  • By it are boots of all sizes, buskins, gamashes, brodkins, gambadoes, shoes, pumps, slippers, and every cobbled ware wrought and made steadable for the use of man.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • I'll be bound, now, that our Dick and his little cousin Cicely are at this moment getting the steps of the gavotte or the other gambadoes that have come to us from France and

    Fifty-Two Stories For Girls

  • His thin legs tenanted a pair of gambadoes, fastened at the sides with rusty clasps.

    The Waverley

  • Methinks I now see his tall, thin, emaciated figure, his legs cased in clasped gambadoes, and his face of

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10)

  • Here, with a heavy sigh, approaching to a groan, the venerable father heaved himself upon his palfrey, whose dark purple housings swept the ground; and, greatly comforted that the discretion of the animal's pace would be no longer disturbed by the gambadoes of Sir Piercie and his prancing war-horse, he set forth at a sober and steady trot upon his return to the

    The Monastery

  • NEXT morning I rose with the dawn, and having dressed myself and stood half-an-hour, my elbow leaning on the chest of drawers, considering what means I should adopt to restore my spirits, fagged with sleeplessness, to their ordinary tone — for I had no intention of getting up a scene with M. 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.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Here, with a heavy sigh, approaching to a groan, the venerable father heaved himself upon his palfrey, whose dark purple housings swept the ground; and, greatly comforted that the discretion of the animal’s pace would be no longer disturbed by the gambadoes of Sir Piercie and his prancing war-horse, he set forth at a sober and steady trot upon his return to the

    The Monastery

  • 'down-charge'; a ceremony demanding implicit obedience from the animal in the midst of volatile gambadoes, and a simulation of profound repose when his desire to be up and bounding was mighty.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

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