amble

[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.
noun
  1. an ambling gait.
  2. a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.
  3. 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)
Related formsam·bler, nounam·bling·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of ambling

Historical Examples of ambling

  • She had helped him not to die, and yet to sink into the ambling pace of these defended years.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • As I approached it I passed numbers of peasants who were ambling along the road.

  • In Scott's romances are many allusions to the "ambling palfry."

    Descriptive Zoopraxography

    Eadweard Muybridge

  • Vince came running to investigate the shots, with Jeb ambling behind.

  • Close behind was that amazing devil, Ginger, ambling easily.

    John Brown

    Captain R. W. Campbell


British Dictionary definitions for ambling

amble

verb (intr)
  1. to walk at a leisurely relaxed pace
  2. (of a horse) to move slowly, lifting both legs on one side together
  3. to ride a horse at an amble or leisurely pace
noun
  1. a leisurely motion in walking
  2. a leisurely walk
  3. 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 ambling

amble

v.

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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