Definition of ramble in English:


Syllabification: ram·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈrambəl


[no object]
  • 1Walk for pleasure, typically without a definite route.
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    • Surely we should be able to walk our dogs or simply ramble along in safety and in peace to enjoy the views and healthy exercise?
    • A man with a great fondness for the outdoor life, he loved to ramble in the countryside and experience the peace and quiet of the land.
    • All your outdoor pursuits are catered for - whether you're rambling in the Republic or sauntering in the Six Counties.
    walk, hike, tramp, trek, backpack; wander, stroll, saunter, amble, roam, range, rove, traipse
    informal mosey, tootle
    formal perambulate
  • 1.1(Of a plant) put out long shoots and grow over walls or other plants.
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    • Patterns of olive leaves, golden scallop shells, and intricate pastel designs ramble over the walls.
    • Climbing types reach 6 feet tall and can gracefully twine up fences and arbors, or ramble over the ground.
    • Their lily-pad leaves and bright orange, yellow, or red flowers ramble over picket fences and along the ground.


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  • A walk taken for pleasure, especially in the countryside.
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    • Based at 18 excellent country houses, they have a wide choice of walks from gentle rambles to adventure treks.
    • This year, as well as the regular walks, it is also planned to introduce a countryside ramble which is aimed at anyone interested in a leisurely Sunday afternoon walk with a focus on the local environment.
    • Other walks will also include rural rambles, a walk around the town centre, short strolls, hard moorland walks and family walks.
    walk, hike, trek; wander, stroll, saunter, amble, roam, traipse, jaunt, promenade
    informal mosey, tootle
    formal perambulation


late Middle English (sense 2 of the verb): probably related to Middle Dutch rammelen, used of animals in the sense 'wander around in heat', also to the noun ram.

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