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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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  • The old woodchuck saw him coming and ambled out to meet him.

  • She wheeled her horse, and, side by side, they ambled up the dusty road.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • 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

    Charles Garvice
  • 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
  • So equipped he had ambled uninterestedly over to the Park across the way.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Pete ambled over the threshold and curled down by the stove.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • He couldn't have ambled more than three blocks and have remained on the street.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Mason Winslow ambled to the big table for a cigarette, and Carl pursued him.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
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.

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