- 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 ambling
And he could keep order in the halls just by ambling through them.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Ambling behind him is a handful of walkers, which Abraham dispatches in a matter of seconds.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal
November 10, 2014
Each novella in this book unfolds slowly, ambling through expository digressions with confidence.Must Reads: ‘How to Survive the Titanic,’ ‘The Limit,’ and More
Lucy Scholes, Kevin Canfield, Mythili Rao
December 20, 2011
She had helped him not to die, and yet to sink into the ambling pace of these defended years.The Prisoner
As I approached it I passed numbers of peasants who were ambling along the road.Outwitting the Hun
In Scott's romances are many allusions to the "ambling palfry."Descriptive Zoopraxography
Vince came running to investigate the shots, with Jeb ambling behind.The Lone Ranger Rides
Close behind was that amazing devil, Ginger, ambling easily.John Brown
Captain R. W. Campbell
- 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 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.