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ramble

[ram-buh l] /ˈræm bəl/
verb (used without object), rambled, rambling.
1.
to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner:
They rambled through the shops until closing time.
2.
to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
3.
to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion:
The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
4.
to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually followed by on):
The speaker rambled on with anecdote after anecdote.
verb (used with object), rambled, rambling.
5.
to walk aimlessly or idly over or through:
They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.
noun
6.
a walk without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure.
Origin of ramble
1610-1620
1610-20; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1. stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam.
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  • A Devonshire botanist told me he had identified nearly three hundred different mosses in a two days' ramble in that county.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • They ramble up and down, and Eugene allows himself to sup of delight.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I had now time to ramble round, and examine various things of interest.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • From its top it was five miles to ramble Valley by the main road.

  • And so anybody can write a decent dialogue if you allow326 him to ramble as we all do in actual talk.

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
  • There is a point on that road where we could get down and have an hour's ramble on the hillside.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • Something in the stolid way he did so caused Flambeau's fierce black eyes to ramble over his companion afresh.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for ramble

ramble

/ˈræmbəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to stroll about freely, as for relaxation, with no particular direction
2.
(of paths, streams, etc) to follow a winding course; meander
3.
(of plants) to grow in a random fashion
4.
(of speech, writing, etc) to lack organization
noun
5.
a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
Word Origin
C17: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram
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Word Origin and History for ramble
v.

mid-15c., perhaps frequentative of romen "to walk, go" (see roam), perhaps via romblen (late 14c.) "to ramble." The vowel change perhaps by influence of Middle Dutch rammelen, a derivative of rammen "copulate," "used of the night wanderings of the amorous cat" [Weekley]. Meaning "to talk or write incoherently" is from 1630s. Related: Rambled; rambling.

n.

"a roving or wandering," 1650s, from ramble (v.).

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