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amble

Syllabification: am·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈambəl
 
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Definition of amble in English:

verb

[no object]
Walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace: they ambled along the riverbank he ambled into the foyer
More example sentences
  • The game is being played at walking pace at the moment and if the Italian players were ambling around any slower they'd be stationary.
  • His mom, sister, and brother ambled about, along with his dad, walking with a cane and wearing a hearing aid.
  • It was Damien, ambling at an easy pace on the sidewalk.
Synonyms
stroll, saunter, wander, ramble, promenade, walk, go for a walk, take a walk
informal mosey, toddle, tootle
formal perambulate

noun

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A walk at a slow, relaxed pace, especially for pleasure: a peaceful riverside amble
More example sentences
  • Staying nearby in the creeper-fronted Hotel Raphael, we crossed the square each time we set out on or returned from our long ambles around the city.
  • For instance, in the new building where my amble ended, walking among paintings which are themselves familiar, it's possible to feel a colder, rougher, emptier island which is unfamiliar.
  • The shots rang out just after 11 on a sultry summer's evening, just as the last of the regulars were drifting away from the pub for a slow amble home.

Origin

Middle English (originally denoting a horse's gait): from Old French ambler, from Latin ambulare 'to walk'.

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  • ambulance from (early 19th century):

    First used in the Crimean War, an ambulance was originally a mobile temporary hospital—a field hospital—that followed an army from place to place. The term was later applied to a wagon or cart used for carrying wounded soldiers off the battlefield, which in turn led to its modern meaning. Ambulance comes from the French hôpital ambulant, literally ‘walking hospital’: the root is Latin ambulare, ‘to walk’, which gave us words such as alley (Late Middle English), amble (Middle English), and early 17th-century ambulate (a formal way of saying ‘walk’). Ambulance chaser is a wry nickname for a lawyer. The first example of the term, from 1897, tells us that ‘In New York City there is a style of lawyers known to the profession as “ambulance chasers”, because they are on hand wherever there is a railway wreck, or a street-car collision…with…their offers of professional services.’

Derivatives

ambler

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noun
Example sentences
  • There are trails in Upper Wensleydale for a wide range of fitness and experience levels from garden-gate amblers to serious hill walkers.
  • The streets of central Cairo, Luxor and Aswan are more secure for the ambler than those in the inner-city regions of many Western capitals.
  • The tower now stands out, loud and proud, flanked by two green open parks and the colourful wharf, with a riverside walk guiding amblers up to its refurbished doors.

Words that rhyme with amble

bramble, Campbell, gamble, gambol, ramble, scramble, shamble

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