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[am-buh l] /ˈæm bəl/
verb (used without object), ambled, ambling.
to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter:
He ambled around the town.
(of a horse) to go at a slow pace with the legs moving in lateral pairs and usually having a four-beat rhythm.
an ambling gait.
a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.
a stroll.
Origin of amble
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French ambler < Latin ambulāre to walk, equivalent to amb- ambi- + -ulāre to step (*-el- + stem vowel -ā-; cognate with Welsh el- may go, Greek elaúnein to set in motion)
Related forms
ambler, noun
amblingly, adverb
1. ramble, meander. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for amble
Historical Examples
  • He had been permitted to amble and to walk and had availed himself of the permission.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It checked his purpose, and, reflecting this, his pace fell to an amble.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The poor ruffler was fallen into meditation, and noted not that his nag did no more than amble.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Oh, you Two Bits, we'll amble along and see where our friend is headin' for.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • There were days when he was ordered to amble along at half speed offshore.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Mervale nodded, whistled, and pushed his horse into a kind of amble.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Merton nodded, whistled, and pushed his horse into a kind of amble.

    Zicci, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Yu are right—this is too dangerous—I'll amble on some," he replied hastily.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • "Well, I reckon I'll amble, sheriff," he said as he opened the door.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • Buck smiled and snapped his watch shut "Time to amble," he said.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
British Dictionary definitions for amble


verb (intransitive)
to walk at a leisurely relaxed pace
(of a horse) to move slowly, lifting both legs on one side together
to ride a horse at an amble or leisurely pace
a leisurely motion in walking
a leisurely walk
the ambling gait of a horse
Derived Forms
ambler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for amble

early 14c., from Old French ambler "walk as a horse does," from Latin ambulare "to walk, to go about, take a walk," perhaps a compound of ambi- "around" (see ambi-) and -ulare, from PIE root *el- "to go" (cf. Greek ale "wandering," alaomai "wander about;" Latvian aluot "go around or astray"). Until 1590s used only of horses or persons on horseback. Related: Ambled; ambling. As a noun, from late 14c.

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