am·ble | \ˈam-bəl \
ambled; ambling\-b(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of amble 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go at or as if at an easy gait : saunter spent the day ambling through the park



Definition of amble (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an easy gait of a horse in which the legs on the same side of the body move together

b : rack entry 7 sense b

2 : an easy gait

3 : a leisurely walk took a casual amble through the gardens

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Other Words from amble


ambler \-b(ə-)lər \ noun

Examples of amble in a Sentence


We ambled along as we talked. They ambled down the road.


we had a lovely amble about the quaint village before continuing our drive
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That’s a shame, because the kind of batting artistry Ichiro displayed through his 18-year career is a lot more fun to watch than an endless procession of hitters ambling back to the dugout with a bat on their shoulder after striking out. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Ichiro Suzuki: The last of his kind in home run era," 3 May 2018 The bear ambled off to climb a nearby jungle gym-like structure, fell off it once or twice, eventually gave up, and finally settled on a choice piece of bamboo to munch on. New York Times, "In Chengdu, Finding Peace in Parks and Heat in Cuisine," 16 Feb. 2018 The 40 treks combine history with nature, ambling alongside ruins of 19th-century mills deep into the woods or visiting the National Canal Museum on a hike in Easton. Michael Milne,, "Field-Tested Travel Tip: Go Take a Hike," 29 June 2018 There are scooters, walkers, canes, and ambling feet. Beth Kephart,, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018 That evening, several hours after the courthouse was closed, Katie Sasser, her boyfriend Johnny Hall, and some friends were at a local pizzeria enjoying trivia night when Sasser ambled in to pick up a pizza. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: When a murderous cop has law-and-order enablers," 5 July 2018 The shoe takes a centrist’s approach to foam and protection, with a slow, cruisey vibe and a wide, boxy fit best suited for ambling runs on less technical trails. Justin Nyberg, Outside Online, "The Best Trail Running Shoes of 2018," 3 July 2018 The man, wearing a top hat and fancy leather jacket, nonchalantly checks something on a wall before ambling back out of view at Living the Dream Ice Cream around 4:30 a.m., the video shows. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A burglar in a top hat stole cash and cookies from ice cream shop, California cops say," 2 July 2018 That weevil lived alongside the dinosaurs; its death may even have occurred in the presence of brachiosaurus, which once ambled around the same forestland. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Jurassic Park’s Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Science," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Four of us watched the black bear amble through the valley below us. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of a black bear, hunter gets a view from a nonhunter’s eyes," 5 June 2018 For a luxurious amble of a run, the Brooks Levitate is your shoe. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Do New "Energy Return" Shoes Put Pep in Your Step?," 18 Apr. 2018 Another Wilsonian hallmark is evident: a fondness for letting his right hand amble into the upper register only to swan dive down the keys with a great flourish. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Classic Brunswick & Columbia Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-1942’ Review: The Peacemaker of the Piano," 13 Apr. 2018 All the pre-match amble was about Jose Mourinho dropping four star players., "Alexis Sanchez Nets First Man United Goal as Romelu Lukaku Silences Critics," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of amble


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amble


Middle English, from Anglo-French ambler, from Latin ambulare to walk, from ambi- + -ulare (verb base akin to Middle Welsh el he may go, Greek ēlythe he went) — more at elastic


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English Language Learners Definition of amble

: to walk slowly in a free and relaxed way


am·ble | \ˈam-bəl \
ambled; ambling

Kids Definition of amble

: to walk at a slow easy pace

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