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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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  • She had helped him not to die, and yet to sink into the ambling pace of these defended years.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • As I approached it I passed numbers of peasants who were ambling along the road.

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • In Scott's romances are many allusions to the "ambling palfry."

    Descriptive Zoopraxography Eadweard Muybridge
  • Vince came running to investigate the shots, with Jeb ambling behind.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Close behind was that amazing devil, Ginger, ambling easily.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Morgan watched him ambling leisurely away in the sunlight and the dust.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • Its movement is that of an ambling palfrey, well broken to a lady's use.

    William Hickling Prescott Harry Thurston Peck
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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