Amble



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.
Historical Examples

“With my present outfit I can amble clear across to Oregon,” he assured himself, wistfully.
They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland

The poor ruffler was fallen into meditation, and noted not that his nag did no more than amble.
The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini

Jenny was staked out for fear that she would take the notion to amble back to the ranch.
The Pike’s Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin

Oh, you Two Bits, we’ll amble along and see where our friend is headin’ for.
Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine

“Yu are right—this is too dangerous—I’ll amble on some,” he replied hastily.
Hopalong Cassidy’s Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford

“Well, I reckon I’ll amble, sheriff,” he said as he opened the door.
Hopalong Cassidy’s Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford

I’ll go out the side way and amble around to the front door the same time they do.
Quin Alice Hegan Rice

Let’s picket the broncs, amble down to the spring, and smoke a cigarette.
A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine

The amble was a peculiarly easy and comfortable pace which would strongly commend itself to riders on a long journey.
Horses Past and Present Walter Gilbey

While the bull could amble around at his ease, the most Jim could move was a few inches.
Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson

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
noun
a leisurely motion in walking
a leisurely walk
the ambling gait of a horse
v.

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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