[ ram-bling ]
/ ˈræm blɪŋ /


aimlessly wandering.
taking an irregular course; straggling: a rambling brook.
spread out irregularly in various directions: a rambling mansion.
straying from one subject to another; desultory: a rambling novel.

Nearby words

  1. rambert, dame marie,
  2. rambla,
  3. ramble,
  4. ramble on,
  5. rambler,
  6. ramblingly,
  7. rambo,
  8. ramboesque,
  9. rambouillet,
  10. rambunctious

Origin of rambling

First recorded in 1615–25; ramble + -ing2

Related formsram·bling·ly, adverbram·bling·ness, nounun·ram·bling, adjective


[ 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.

Origin of ramble

First recorded in 1610–20; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for rambling


/ (ˈræmblɪŋ) /


straggling or sprawling haphazardly; unplanneda rambling old house
(of speech or writing) lacking a coherent plan; diffuse and disconnected
(of a plant, esp a rose) profusely climbing and straggling
nomadic; wandering


/ (ˈræmbəl) /

verb (intr)

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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