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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
First recorded in 1610-20; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1. stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam.
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  • I ramble around the park and see lovers on benches—it's rather thrilling.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Lying on my back and gazing up, I felt reluctant to rise and renew my ramble.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • We were far oftener late now, when we went out for a ramble.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • He let her ramble on, for he wanted now to hear about his mother, of whom he knew so little.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • However, I stumbled on it after that ramble along the quays!

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • As soon as we finish filling the tanks and test the motor, she'll be ready to ramble.

    The Solar Magnet Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • Let us have a ramble through the grounds, and see how the skittle-players go on.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
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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