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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
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  • At our third shout he ambled clumsily off, while Mr. Oliver, with a basket of buns in his hand, pursued him down the street.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Mason Winslow ambled to the big table for a cigarette, and Carl pursued him.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • McTurk ambled round the corner, with a roving eye on all possible horizons.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • As Jimmy ambled away to look for some beetles, he chuckled and chuckled and chuckled.

    The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk Thornton W. Burgess
  • How easily they ambled, limbs and will working in perfect harmony!

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • It was a beautiful country through which they now ambled pleasantly.

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • So he pulled up and stood still till the other one had ambled past, and then he whirled out into the trail and swung his loop.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • She wheeled her horse, and, side by side, they ambled up the dusty road.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Then, with an effort, he struggled out of bed and ambled into the bathroom.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
British Dictionary definitions for ambled


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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