amble

[am-buhl]
verb (used without object), ambled, ambling.
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
3.
an ambling gait.
4.
a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.
5.
a stroll.

Origin:
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)

ambler, noun
amblingly, adverb


1. ramble, meander.
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amble (ˈæmbəl)
 
vb
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
 
n
4.  a leisurely motion in walking
5.  a leisurely walk
6.  the ambling gait of a horse
 
[C14: from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulāre to walk]
 
'ambler
 
n

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amble
late 14c., from O.Fr. ambler "walk as a horse does," from L. ambulare "to walk, to go about," a compound of ambi- "around" (see ambi-) and -ulare, from PIE base *el- "to go." Until 1590s used only of horses or persons on horseback.
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Example sentences
Then, the cattle ambled away with the good guys in hot pursuit on horseback.
He ambled along, looking at flowers, and was in no hurry to complete our plan.
After a few wobbly steps, she ambled off to join the herd.
They licked each other's faces and ambled languorously into the bush.
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