[ am-buhl ]
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verb (used without object),am·bled, am·bling.
  1. to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter: He ambled around the town.

  2. (of a horse) to go at a slow pace with the legs moving in lateral pairs and usually having a four-beat rhythm.

  1. an ambling gait.

  2. a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.

  1. a stroll.

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)

Other words for amble

Other words from amble

  • ambler, noun
  • am·bling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use amble in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for amble


/ (ˈæmbəl) /

  1. to walk at a leisurely relaxed pace

  2. (of a horse) to move slowly, lifting both legs on one side together

  1. to ride a horse at an amble or leisurely pace

  1. a leisurely motion in walking

  2. a leisurely walk

  1. the ambling gait of a horse

Origin of amble

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

Derived forms of amble

  • ambler, noun

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