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/ ˈæm bəl /
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verb (used without object), am·bled, am·bling.

to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter: He ambled around the town.
(of a horse) to go at a slow pace with the legs moving in lateral pairs and usually having a four-beat rhythm.


an ambling gait.
a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.
a stroll.



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Origin of amble

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French ambler<Latin ambulāre to walk, equivalent to amb-ambi- + -ulāre to step (*-el- + stem vowel -ā-; cognate with Welsh el- may go, Greek elaúnein to set in motion)
ambler, nounam·bling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for amble

/ (ˈæmbəl) /

verb (intr)

to walk at a leisurely relaxed pace
(of a horse) to move slowly, lifting both legs on one side together
to ride a horse at an amble or leisurely pace


a leisurely motion in walking
a leisurely walk
the ambling gait of a horse
ambler, noun
C14: from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulāre to walk
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