- 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
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Examples from the Web for amble
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
The poor ruffler was fallen into meditation, and noted not that his nag did no more than amble.The Tavern Knight
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
- 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
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.