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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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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Sport and exercise has always formed part of my daily life, from gym sessions to weekend runs, ambles or training for an event. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channels Wednesday Addams on a Bike Ride," 17 Aug. 2018 When his mother disappears and his father ambles off in a fog, Jack Bright shoulders the parental duties for his younger sisters, Joy and baby Merry. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 His first proper record for Secretly Canadian was 2007’s Dressed Up for the Letdown, an ambling mix of precise folk and sprawling Americana, all wrapped under the heavy gauze of Swift’s growing production skills. Will Schube, Billboard, "Richard Swift, Prolific Songwriter and Producer, Spent Life Searching for Perfect Sounds," 4 July 2018 Tourists ambled past the crowd gathered to pay homage: parents, grandparents, friends in wheelchairs, little ones in strollers. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Homage to Asawa sculpture on its 50th birthday," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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The first known use of amble was in the 14th century

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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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