[ ram-buhl ]
/ ˈræm bəl /
verb (used without object), ram·bled, ram·bling.
to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner: They rambled through the shops until closing time.
to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion: The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
to talk or write in a discursive, aimless way (usually followed by on): The speaker rambled on with anecdote after anecdote.
verb (used with object), ram·bled, ram·bling.
to walk aimlessly or idly over or through: They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.
a walk without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure.
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Origin of ramble
First recorded in 1610–20; origin uncertain
Words nearby ramble
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British Dictionary definitions for ramble on
/ (ˈræmbəl) /
to stroll about freely, as for relaxation, with no particular direction
(of paths, streams, etc) to follow a winding course; meander
(of plants) to grow in a random fashion
(of speech, writing, etc) to lack organization
a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
Word Origin for ramble
C17: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram
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Idioms and Phrases with ramble on
Speak or write at length and with many digressions, as in As the speaker rambled on for at least two hours, the audience became restless. This idiom was first recorded in 1710.
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