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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 ambled
  • 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.
  • Some ambled through the decade rather than sprinted.
  • When it got too dark to shoot, he got up and ambled down the river again.
  • The speed of her reactions left even a police officer trailing as he ambled over to sort out the melee.
  • They ambled all through the clearing where the cabins are, blocking the paths and nibbling at whatever looked good to them.
  • It came after intermission, when the musicians ambled out and began playing seemingly spontaneously.
  • He took long steps toward stage right, scurried down a ramp and ambled down an aisle on the arena floor, playing all the way.
British Dictionary definitions for ambled


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 ambled



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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