ram-bling

rambling

[ram-bling]
adjective
1.
aimlessly wandering.
2.
taking an irregular course; straggling: a rambling brook.
3.
spread out irregularly in various directions: a rambling mansion.
4.
straying from one subject to another; desultory: a rambling novel.

Origin:
1615–25; ramble + -ing2

ramblingly, adverb
ramblingness, noun
unrambling, adjective


4. discursive.
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ramble

[ram-buhl]
verb (used without object), rambled, rambling.
1.
to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner: They rambled through the shops until closing time.
2.
to take a course with many turns or windings, as a stream or path.
3.
to grow in a random, unsystematic fashion: The vine rambled over the walls and tree trunks.
4.
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), rambled, rambling.
5.
to walk aimlessly or idly over or through: They spent the spring afternoon rambling woodland paths.
noun
6.
a walk without a definite route, taken merely for pleasure.

Origin:
1610–20; origin uncertain


1. stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam.
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ramble (ˈræmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to stroll about freely, as for relaxation, with no particular direction
2.  (of paths, streams, etc) to follow a winding course; meander
3.  (of plants) to grow in a random fashion
4.  (of speech, writing, etc) to lack organization
 
n
5.  a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
 
[C17: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram]

rambling (ˈræmblɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  straggling or sprawling haphazardly; unplanned: a rambling old house
2.  (of speech or writing) lacking a coherent plan; diffuse and disconnected
3.  (of a plant, esp a rose) profusely climbing and straggling
4.  nomadic; wandering

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ramble
mid-15c., perhaps frequentative of romen "to walk, go" (see roam), perhaps via romblen (late 14c.) "to ramble." The vowel change probably by infl. of M.Du. rammelen, a derivative of rammen "copulate," "used of the night wanderings of the amorous cat" [Weekley]. Meaning "to
talk or write incoherently" is from 1630s.
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