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[am-buh l] /ˈæm bəl/
verb (used without object), ambled, ambling.
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.
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 forms
ambler, noun
amblingly, adverb
1. ramble, meander. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amble
  • They walk on the ground and grab insects that they encounter, or that amble past them.
  • If you don't want to amble in there to review the specials, your waitress will recite them for you.
  • Office workers, families and schoolchildren amble past.
  • We amble down to the long wooden dock that juts out into the blue bay.
  • Comfortable handgrips and well-balanced proportions make it easy to aim as you amble.
  • He was still running, but his run was fast becoming an amble.
  • amble about art booths and listen to local musicians perform.
  • These towns are places to amble in window-shop, eat, then window-shop some more before maybe eating something else.
  • We leave and amble down streets so laden with murals and sculptures that they appear to be museums turned inside out.
  • Stretch in your seat, breathe deeply, and amble up and down the aisle.
British Dictionary definitions for amble


verb (intransitive)
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 Forms
ambler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for amble

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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