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verb ram·ble \ˈram-bəl\

Simple Definition of ramble

  • : to walk or go from one place to another place without a specific goal, purpose, or direction

  • : to go from one subject to another without any clear purpose or direction

Full Definition of ramble

ram·bledram·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to move aimlessly from place to place b :  to explore idly

  3. 2 :  to talk or write in a desultory or long-winded wandering fashion

  4. 3 :  to grow or extend irregularly

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to wander over :  roam

ram·bling·ly play \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of ramble

  1. She rambled for several minutes before introducing the main speaker.

  2. He's funny, but he tends to ramble.

Origin of ramble

Middle English, probably alteration of romblen, frequentative of romen to roam

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ramble

wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander mean to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose. wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course <fond of wandering about the square just watching the people>. roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield <liked to roam through the woods>. ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective <the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point>. rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming <armed brigands roved over the countryside>. traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful <traipsed all over town looking for the right dress>. meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering <the river meanders for miles through rich farmland>.

Rhymes with ramble



noun ram·ble

Simple Definition of ramble

  • : a long walk for pleasure

  • : a long speech or piece of writing that goes from one subject to another without any clear purpose or direction

Full Definition of ramble

  1. 1 :  a leisurely excursion for pleasure; especially :  an aimless walk

  2. 2 :  a rambling story or discussion

Examples of ramble

  1. We went for a ramble along the beach.

  2. He encountered many interesting people in his rambles in the country.

  3. The first chapter is a 100-page ramble.

  4. We had to listen to another one of his long rambles about politics and religion.


First Known Use of ramble


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