- 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 ambled
He ambled into the main auditorium, telling me he was exhausted, while Newt Gingrich wrapped up a snooze of a speech.Michele Bachmann Saves Day Three of CPAC
March 16, 2013
The old woodchuck saw him coming and ambled out to meet him.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
She wheeled her horse, and, side by side, they ambled up the dusty road.Mistress Wilding
With a chuckle he ambled off to his wife, to be sent to some one else, and Drake bent to Nell.Nell, of Shorne Mills
He ambled up to Ross, who was busily shovelling in the earth.The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men
Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
And Pete dropped the mower and ambled up to the office-door.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
- 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 ambled
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.