- to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner: They rambled through the shops until closing time.
- to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
- to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion: The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
- to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually followed by on): The speaker rambled on with anecdote after anecdote.
- to walk aimlessly or idly over or through: They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.
- a walk without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure.
Origin of ramble
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Examples from the Web for ramble
So he started alone for a ramble among the Channel Islands, and I went back to Paris.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Now, the judges, while passionate as always, seem to have more time than ever to ramble.The Reality Makeover That Failed
August 10, 2010
The result is a long narrative that can ramble, as conversations do, but is an essential contribution all the same.The Unguarded Bill Clinton
October 5, 2009
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
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
- to stroll about freely, as for relaxation, with no particular direction
- (of paths, streams, etc) to follow a winding course; meander
- (of plants) to grow in a random fashion
- (of speech, writing, etc) to lack organization
- a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
Word Origin and History for ramble
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.
"a roving or wandering," 1650s, from ramble (v.).