[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.
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

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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