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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 cavalcade was ambling along toward the branding pen, which was in the bottom of a coulie.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Morgan watched him ambling leisurely away in the sunlight and the dust.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • His eyes did not leave the huge beast, ambling along a dozen paces ahead of him, or the slip of a girl who rode him.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • Which, accordingly, the boy proceeded to do, ambling off as quickly as possible.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • He's bound to know he isn't much of a man, and no young girl would have him, so lately he's been ambling 'round Miss Bray.

    Mary Cary Kate Langley Bosher
  • The approach had evidently been at a slovenly, ambling pace.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • The big dog that had been ambling toward the house when he arrived was now lying on the stoop.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for ambling


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 ambling



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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