Definition of rambling in English:

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rambling

Pronunciation: /ˈramblɪŋ/

adjective

1(Of writing or speech) lengthy and confused or inconsequential: a rambling six-hour speech Scott’s letter was long and rambling
More example sentences
  • It's tough reading through rambling speeches, but he has some worthy food for thought.
  • Though he wasn't trying to delay congressional action, his rambling speech had that effect.
  • King himself made what some present described as a rambling speech.
Synonyms
long-winded, garrulous, verbose, wordy, prolix;
digressive, wandering, maundering;
roundabout, circuitous, diffuse, discursive, circumlocutory, oblique, periphrastic;
disconnected, disjointed, ill-thought-out, incoherent, illogical
2(Of a plant) putting out long shoots and growing over walls or other plants: rambling roses
More example sentences
  • Deter intruders and enchant your neighbours with rambling roses on walls or fences.
  • Prune rambling roses by cutting down to ground level growths that have flowered this year.
  • In the distance you can see a number of rambling, overgrown hawthorns with a tree growing through them.
Synonyms
trailing, creeping, straggling, vining, prostrate
2.1(Of a building or path) spreading or winding irregularly in various directions: a big old rambling house
More example sentences
  • After the war the rambling building was turned into an hotel by the Ferruccio family.
  • Over the course of his life he built this great series of vast rambling palaces, one after the other.
  • The previous campus home for the arts program was a series of rambling barns.
Synonyms
winding, twisting, twisty, labyrinthine;
sprawling, spreading, straggling

noun

[mass noun]
The activity of walking in the countryside for pleasure: [as modifier]: a rambling club
More example sentences
  • After much leisurely rambling, we made tracks for Provincetown, a charming seaside town.
  • Lose a spouse and find another, lose a job and retrain for another, give up mountaineering and take up rambling.
  • If rambling in the countryside and breathing fresh air works better, then get your boots on…

Derivatives

ramblingly

Pronunciation: /ˈramblɪŋli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Also, they tend to relate a clear and definite series of events rather than a ramblingly incoherent jumble.
  • Many of her speeches could sound ramblingly incoherent.

Words that rhyme with rambling

brambling

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