am·​ble | \ ˈam-bəl How to pronounce amble (audio) \
ambled; ambling\ ˈam-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce amble (audio) \

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
2 : an easy gait
3 : a leisurely walk took a casual amble through the gardens

Other Words from amble


ambler \ ˈam-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce amble (audio) \ noun

Examples of amble in a Sentence

Verb We ambled along as we talked. They ambled down the road. Noun we had a lovely amble about the quaint village before continuing our drive
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After picking out the bedrooms for their kids (painting a possible picture of reality TV’s next big blended family?), the lovebirds amble out to the backyard and promptly plop into lounge chairs. Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Then amble through the 5-acre garden first lovingly planted in the 1970s by Amir Dialameh after a brush fire left a landscape of scorched earth and tree stumps. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Groups of people, most of them gay men, many of them naked, amble down the beach toward a soaring rocky outcrop. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Others amble about, taking in a view of the city that seems to go on forever. Abdi Ibrahim, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 Under the glow of a halogen dangling upon a fence stood the seven runners, about to amble off into the dark and return again. Devin Kelly, Longreads, 19 Jan. 2022 The rest would sort of amble off of it, like people leaving their apartment to walk to the train. Devin Kelly, Longreads, 19 Jan. 2022 Mollaberria Kalea harbor wall as sailors pull off covers from moored harbor boats and parents amble with children. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Start at Megève, near Chamonix, and amble and eat your way 100 miles down to Sospel, a hillside village near Monaco. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 22 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What seemed at first to be their daring getaway would later be downgraded to a liberatory amble: The steers had merely drifted out of the pen that held them at the Star Packing Company on Cote Brilliante Avenue. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2022 Or, pace down Boulevard Zumardia between old town and city center—an attractive amble that includes a sidewalk dozens of feet wide. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Born and raised in San Clemente, Calif., the son of a professional surfer from the 1980s and early ’90s, Andino has always been a short amble away from the steady break at T Street and the sporadic pumpers at Upper and Lower Trestles. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Andersson led research published in 2016 that identified the gene that grants Icelandic horses their unique amble. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2021 On a quiet amble through the Wallace Desert Garden, a visitor can see birds atop the saguaros, pollinators on the vibrant red and yellow flowers of barrel cactuses, the clarity of the air in a place far from the city. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, 15 Nov. 2020 But even those of us not so anesthetized shouldn’t expect to be taking or following an easy, pleasant amble. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2020 Skip the beach one morning for an amble through the historic capital city of St. George and discover a 300-year-old fortress with working cannons, stunning Georgian architecture, and, of course, an amazing spice market. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2020 But the pull of difference was matched with a sense, at least as strong, that the border didn’t so much divide two nations as amble over a contiguous region. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of amble


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amble


Middle English amblen "(of a horse) to go at an amble, go at an easy gait," borrowed from Anglo-French ambler, aumbler (in present participle amblant) (continental Old French anbler), going back to Latin ambulāre "to go on foot, walk, walk for pleasure or health, travel," from amb- "around, about" + -ulāre, probably going back to a verb base *al-, going back to Indo-European *h2elh2- "wander," whence also Umbrian amboltu "(s/he) must go around," Greek aláomai, alâsthai "to wander, roam," Latvian aluôt "to go astray" — more at ambient entry 1


Middle English ambel, in part borrowed from Middle French amble (going back to Old French, noun derivative of ambler "to amble entry 1"), in part noun derivative of amblen "to amble entry 1

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am·​ble | \ ˈam-bəl How to pronounce amble (audio) \
ambled; ambling

Kids Definition of amble

: to walk at a slow easy pace

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