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ramble Line breaks: ram¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈramb(ə)l/

Definition of ramble in English:


[no object]
1Walk for pleasure in the countryside: I spent most of my spare time rambling and climbing [with object]: as a boy I rambled the fells around Dent
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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, take a walk, go for a walk, hike, tramp, backpack, trek;
wander, stroll, saunter, amble, drift, roam, range, rove, traipse, jaunt;
Scottish & Irish stravaig
informal mosey, tootle
British informal pootle
rare vagabond, perambulate, peregrinate
2Talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way: Willy rambled on about Norman archways
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  • He rambled on rather inconsequentially for some time.
  • Yesterday I rambled on at far too great a length about elections.
  • Prodded to explain, she rambled on about balloons.
3(Of a plant) put out long shoots and grow over walls or other plants: roses climbed, rambled, hung over walls
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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 in the countryside.
Example sentences
  • 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, trip, excursion, tour
informal mosey, tootle
British informal pootle


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

Words that rhyme with ramble

amble, bramble, Campbell, gamble, gambol, scramble, shamble

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