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rambler

[ram-bler] /ˈræm blər/
noun
1.
a person, animal, or thing that rambles.
2.
ranch house (def 2).
3.
any of several climbing roses having clusters of small flowers.
Origin of rambler
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; ramble + -er1
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  • The rambler 'had tasted lotus, and was in danger of forgetting he was ever to depart.'

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • The rambler—that's her name—don't take the dust of anything afloat.

  • He opened the rambler, of which she was particularly fond, and began to read.

    Macaria

    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • It was covered all over with rambler roses, and looked magnificent.

    Bird of Paradise

    Ada Leverson
  • It has also been found in the copper mines of rambler, Wyoming.

  • "Alcohol in any form," said Miss Tupper, the color of the rambler.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • At other times he was used with rambler in hunting, or when Adams was attacking a grizzly.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • He had written the rambler and taken his high stand with the public before.

    The Town Leigh Hunt
  • These never fail to charm the rambler on the outskirts of the town.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
  • It has been observed that objections have been offered to the name 'rambler.'

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for rambler

rambler

/ˈræmblə/
noun
1.
a weak-stemmed plant, esp any of various cultivated hybrid roses that straggle over other vegetation
2.
a person who rambles, esp one who takes country walks
3.
a person who lacks organization in his or her speech or writing
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Word Origin and History for rambler
n.

1620s, agent noun from ramble (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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