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[ram-buh l] /ˈræm bəl/
verb (used without object), rambled, rambling.
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.
verb (used with object), rambled, rambling.
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
First recorded in 1610-20; origin uncertain
1. stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam. Unabridged
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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


verb (intransitive)
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
C17: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram
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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.).

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