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[ram-buh l] /ˈræm bəl/
verb (used without object), rambled, rambling.
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), rambled, rambling.
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
1610-20; origin uncertain
1. stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ramble
  • If you don't enforce the time limit, they won't practice for it, and they'll ramble on forever.
  • In other words: the perfect setting for an off-asphalt ramble.
  • But his impressionistic ramble through his homeland is indeed telling.
  • Use this tough vine to climb up ramadas and pergolas, or train it to ramble over fences.
  • Sorry for the ramble, but populist means for the people.
  • During his ramble awaiting the noon hour, he has a surprising encounter.
  • ramble around grounds, across the stone bridge to the quiet garden gazebo or past the pastures with walking horses.
  • Sturdy shoes, protective clothing, extra water and walking sticks are useful on an off-the-beaten-track ramble.
  • Most people falter on this question because they have a tendency to be undisciplined, unfocused and ramble.
  • She skipped around, attending to a segment here and a ramble there-with a number of layoffs when she visited friends and family.
British Dictionary definitions for ramble


verb (intransitive)
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
C17: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram
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Word Origin and History for ramble

mid-15c., perhaps frequentative of romen "to walk, go" (see roam), perhaps via romblen (late 14c.) "to ramble." The vowel change perhaps by influence of Middle Dutch 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. Related: Rambled; rambling.


"a roving or wandering," 1650s, from ramble (v.).

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