[ am-buhl ]
/ ˈæm bəl /

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.

Nearby words

  1. ambivalent,
  2. ambivalent sexism,
  3. ambivalently,
  4. ambiversion,
  5. ambivert,
  6. ambler,
  7. ambler, eric,
  8. ambleside,
  9. amblosis,
  10. ambly-

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)

Related formsam·bler, nounam·bling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ambled


/ (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
Derived Formsambler, noun

Word Origin for amble

C14: from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulāre to walk

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Word Origin and History for ambled



early 14c., from Old French ambler "walk as a horse does," from Latin ambulare "to walk, to go about, take a walk," perhaps a compound of ambi- "around" (see ambi-) and -ulare, from PIE root *el- "to go" (cf. Greek ale "wandering," alaomai "wander about;" Latvian aluot "go around or astray"). Until 1590s used only of horses or persons on horseback. Related: Ambled; ambling. As a noun, from late 14c.

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