aimlessly wandering.
taking an irregular course; straggling: a rambling brook.
spread out irregularly in various directions: a rambling mansion.
straying from one subject to another; desultory: a rambling novel.

1615–25; ramble + -ing2

ramblingly, adverb
ramblingness, noun
unrambling, adjective

4. discursive.
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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.

1610–20; origin uncertain

1. stroll, saunter, amble, stray, straggle. See roam.
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ramble (ˈræmbəl)
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
5.  a leisurely stroll, esp in the countryside
[C17: probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen to roam (of animals); see ram]

rambling (ˈræmblɪŋ)
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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
His commanding physical presence is reduced these days, his rhetoric more
  rambling than rousing.
It is a bewildering, rambling compilations of disjointed news-clippings taken
  completely out of context for maximum distortion.
It's not much in the way of buildings: a rambling shack, a few computers,
  posters of wading birds on the walls.
Its rambling sentences and mathematical equations leave the reader more
  irritated than fascinated.
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