Definition of ramble in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈramb(ə)l


[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
  • 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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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.

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